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Fine after Worker Falls from Scaffolding in a Gym

A fine has been issued after a worker fell from scaffolding on a gym construction project.

The unnamed worker is a Romanian who was working as a labourer in London at the time of the incident in April 2011. He was employed as part of a team of labourers, tasked with stripping out a basement gym in a building in Farringdon.

The labourers were asked to take down ventilation ducting from the gym. The worker was working from a scaffold tower to reach ducting on the ceiling of a squash court. However, whilst he was on the tower, it was knocked over and he and the scaffold fell to the floor.

The Romanian labourer fell a height of over four metres in the accident and suffered serious injury. He fractured two vertebrae as well as breaking ribs.

The HSE investigated and found that the scaffold had been erected without correct supervision. This was despite the fact that none of the labourers were competent at erecting scaffold towers safely.

A fine of £8,000 has just been issued to MJM Fitout Ltd who had hired the labourers. This was for breaking Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007. A court heard how the accident could have been prevented if the work had been properly planned and managed.

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