Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Laing O'Rourke fined ВЈ80,000 after fall from height

Laing O'Rourke has been fined ВЈ80,000, while subcontractor Durable Contracts was fined ВЈ25,000 following an accident in which a worker was seriously injured.

Tony Scott, 57, from Hertfordshire suffered extensive, long-lasting injuries after falling through an unmarked hole in the roof of a newly constructed gatehouse in September 2006.

The accident occurred during the construction of a new laboratory block and gatehouse for pharmaceutical manufacturer Eli-Lilly.

Laing O'Rourke Construction South was fined ВЈ80,000 and ordered to pay ВЈ10,000 costs at Guildford Crown Court after pleading guilty to contravening regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

Durable Contracts, based in Belvedere in Kent, was fined ВЈ25,000 and ordered to pay ВЈ10,000 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999 by not carrying out a suitable risk assessment for employees working on roofs.


Laing ORourke fined ВЈ80,000 after fall from height


HSE Inspector Amanda Huff said: "This prosecution should act as a warning to all those involved in the management of the construction projects. It was down to chance alone that this incident did not result in a fatality. This accident would have been avoided if the work had been properly planned and the appropriate control measures implemented."

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