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Builder Falls Five Metres after Floor Gives Way

A builder was injured in a five metre fall, after an under-construction floor gave way.

The man – whose name has not been reported – was working for W J Edge & Sons Builders Ltd on the date of the accident in January this year. They were working on the construction of a house in Shepshed, Leicestershire.

The builder was working on the construction of a second floor in the property when the incident occurred. However, the partially–built floor had been overloaded with concrete blocks.

The weight of the blocks caused the floor to give way and collapse. The joists of the falling floor landed on the joists of the first floor which too collapsed under the force. The man fell a total of five metres in the fall and was also struck by falling materials such as wooden boards and concrete blocks.

He suffered a fractured elbow and a broken nose in the incident. These injuries kept him off work for six weeks.

The man’s employer – W J Edge & Sons Builders Ltd – have recently appeared in court after a prosecution by the HSE in regards to the accident. They were fined £7,000 after admitting to breaking Construction Regulations.

An inspector for the HSE stated that the accident could have been easily avoided by preventing access and overloading of the incomplete floor.

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