Contractor fined GBP 7k after builder breaks back at work

A contractor has been fined GBP 7,000 for breaching health and safety laws after a builder broke his back and ribs in an accident at work.

Jason Lunnon, 41, from Barnet was working on a construction site in Field Road, Newham when a wall fell on him and caused the serious injuries.

The wall, which had been built on the third floor the previous day, had not been properly secured and blew over in a gust of wind.

This caused the concrete blocks to fall more than seven metres onto Mr Lunnon.

As well as the fine, the principal contractor, Keith Gardner, trading as K P Gardner Builders, was also ordered to pay costs of GBP 6,969.50.

Health and Safety Executive inspector Paul Hems said: "Despite his terrible injuries, Mr Lunnon is lucky to be alive. This could have so easily been a much more serious incident."

A similar accident at work took place back in September 2007.

Stephen James was directing crane drivers for John Doyle Construction Ltd at a residential development when he was hit by 20 steel beams that fell from a tower crane.

Posted by Trevor Baker

Contractor fined GBP 7k after builder breaks back at work

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