Compensation payout for carpenter who broke ribs

A carpenter has received a GBP 5,000 injury compensation payout after he was injured during the construction of a school building.

The worker fell five metres and suffered fractured ribs and an injured collar bone while trying to secure concrete shutters at Frederick Bremer School in Walthamstow two years ago.

It was discovered that the firm responsible for the project had not undertaken a relevant risk assessment and the worker’s colleagues had not been trained in how to deal with such an incident.

Construction firm Bouygues was also fined GBP 18,000 and was forced to pay costs of GBP 2,796 after it was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

"A carpenter has sustained life-changing injuries which could easily have proved fatal because the principle contractor in charge of the site failed to plan the work properly," commented HSE inspector Dominic Ellis.

Construction firms were recently warned not to deprioritise safety procedures after it emerged that more than 25 per cent of businesses are facing pressure to reduce spending on health and safety.ADNFCR-2070-ID-19203503-ADNFCR

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