Housebuilder fined after child suffers serious injuries

A housebuilding company has been fined GBP 20,000 after an accident at work led to a young boy suffering serious injuries when timber roof trusses fell onto him.

The eight-year-old boy got into an unsecured storage area on a construction site when the timber trusses fell on him, trapping him underneath.

He suffered a serious injury to his liver in the incident and had abdominal bleeding and was kept in hospital for eight days.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the construction site was only partially fenced, and as a result there was a large gap at the side and rear which meant that the site could be easily accessed by members of the public, including children.

Paisley Sheriff's Court heard that when a HSE inspector visited the site, BDW Trading Ltd were not aware that there had been an incident and that a young child had been injured.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Gerry McCulloch said: "If the company had taken the straightforward precaution of fencing off the construction site, the children would not have been able to get into the area and this young lad would not have received potentially life-threatening injuries."

Posted by Wayne Weir

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