A worker’s fall at a sports centre in Liverpool led to him suffering from serious multiple injuries.
The firm that the unnamed man worked for – CME Ceilings Ltd – had been contracted to install and fit a suspended ceiling at Croxteth Sports and Wellbeing Centre back in January 2011.
The work required the 43 year old employee to work at height. However, how this was to be undertaken changed at the last minute. The company had originally planned to use a scissor lift for the work, but failed to arrange delivery of the equipment. This meant that instead they used a scaffolding tower.
The accident happened when the scaffold tower moved across the room unexpectedly. This caused the man to fall off and land on the floor two metres below. He suffered a fractured skull, broken collar bone and collapsed lung in the incident, along with other injuries.
The company has been prosecuted in regards to the incident, after the HSE found that the wheel brakes on the scaffolding tower – which prevent it from moving – had not been applied). They also found that there was no edge protection used on the tower to prevent workers from falling. On top of this, the parts that made up the tower were found to be in poor condition.
The firm this week pleaded guilty to breaking health and safety legislation and were fined £5,000.