Joiner falls four metres from school building

There have been renewed calls for firms to tighten up their safety procedures and reduce the risk of injury compensation after an apprentice joiner suffered a work injury after falling from height in Glasgow.

The 20-year-old who fell was working on the upper floor of a new primary school when a loose sheet of plywood that had been covering an opening gave way.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that the floor opening had not been protected by robust edge protection or fixed boarding, as a result of which the worker sustained serious neck injuries.

"This accident was entirely foreseeable and preventable,” commented HSE inspector Annette Leppla.

"The worker was severely injured because his employer failed to do enough about the risks associated with working at height."

It follows reports that EDF Energy has been prosecuted and fined after a worker was killed by falling five metres from a scaffold.ADNFCR-2070-ID-19362487-ADNFCR

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