Three firms have been fined a total of GBP 170,000 after an accident at work which resulted in a 23-year old being paralysed from the waist down.
SDI Group UK Ltd was fined GBP 80,000 and ordered to pay costs of £20,000, Steel Construction Ltd was ordered to pay £50,000 with £22,000 costs and Richard Mark Berwick was fined BGP 40,000 with £5,000 costs following the February 2007 accident at work.
It occurred at a construction site off Waterside, Hadfield in Glossop, when the worker was installing a new racking system but he fell more than nine metres to the concrete floor below due to inadequate safety systems being in place.
Following the hearing, HSE inspector Kevin Wilson commented: "Employers must understand the importance of protecting their workforce. This could have included personal fall protection, such as a harness and work restraint lanyard fitted to a running line, and properly fitted safety nets."
It follows the prosecution of Dranson Ltd, which was recently ordered to pay a fine of GBP 8,000 after an accident at work which resulted in a teenage employee suffering a broken leg.
Posted by Wayne Weir