Rok fined over Heathrow worker fall

Building firm Rok has been ordered by the High Court to pay GBP 20,000 compensation and nearly the same again in costs for an incident in which a Heathrow Airport worker fell three metres onto a concrete floor.

The Old Bailey heard that Mr Sterry had been renovating the floor of an airbridge in February 2007 but fell through the exposed subfloor of the surface he was working on and suffered severe leg injuries.

Steve Kirton, Health and Safety Executive inspector, said, "Any work at height or work near fragile surfaces needs to be properly planned and assessed. Any identified control measures need to be fully implemented."

While the company had identified risks associated with work at height before the incident, it failed to implement recommended control measures.

Rok pleaded guilty to breaching section 4 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 at the City of London Magistrates Court in May.ADNFCR-2070-ID-19373214-ADNFCR

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