EDF payout leads to working at height warning

Companies have been urged to re-examine their working at height practices after EDF Energy Contracting was fined £160,000 and ordered to pay full costs of £24,594.98 over an incident that resulted in the death of an employee.

The company pleaded guilty to breaching regulations the Work at Height Regulations Act 2005 at Chichester Crown Court.

The payments relate to an incident in which James Gordon fell over five meters when he was dismantling a mobile tower scaffold in the sports hall of Worthing High School in West Sussex in August 2007.

Health and Safety Executive inspector Russell Beckett commented: “It is important that all tower scaffolds are erected and dismantled correctly and that guard rails are fitted so as to prevent falls.

“All working platforms must be provided with suitable edge protection.”

Last week the HSE stressed that falls remain the biggest cause of serious and fatal accidents in the construction sector and called on all firms to guard against injury compensation claims and fines by ensuring working at height is as safe as possible.ADNFCR-2070-ID-19340828-ADNFCR

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