A London based construction company has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after an employee suffered serious personal injury in a fall from height accident.
Twenty eight year old Vasile Ionel Vatca, originally from Romania, was working on the refurbishment of a property at Eaton Mews North, in Belgravia and had been instructed to remove debris left on the roof from previous construction work.
Unfortunately the ladder Mr. Vatca had been provided with only reached the lower part of the roof, which was enough for him to climb up but as he made his way back down he lost his footing and plummeted seven metres to the ground below.
Mr. Vatca spent a week in hospital following the accident in which he broke his leg, heel and wrist, his injuries were so severe that he is now classified as disabled and has not as yet, been able to return to work.
R & G Construction Ltd of College Road in Harrow was fined £30,000 and ordered to pay a total of £7,515 in court costs, after admitting a breach of the Work at Height Regulations, at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.
Speaking after the court hearing a HSE inspector stated that the accident would have been totally preventable, had the company carried out an adequate risk assessment of the work involved.