Construction companies fined after worker struck by scaffolding fittings and suffers injury

scaffolding-775389_640A woman has suffered two fractures to her shoulder blade, a fracture to her collar bone and a cut to the back of her head after scaffolding fittings were emptied on top of her at a construction site in Dorchester. Zero C Holdings Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 13 (1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. The company has been fined £145,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3,500. Carter Training Ltd has pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 8 (1) Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998, and fined £18,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3,500. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the crane’s attachments were not suitable for heavy lifting, and lifting the scaffolding directly over the workers put them at risk. The HSE also found Zero C Holdings had failed to carry out an audit of the lifting plans.

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