A Romanian labourer suffered serious personal injury, after falling from scaffolding during refurbishing work at a gym in central London.
The labourer, who has not been named, was working for MJM Fitout Ltd, of Swanley, in Kent and was part of a crew who had been instructed to remove ventilation ducting, from a two storey gymnasium based in Farringdon.
Westminster Magistrates’ Court was told that a scaffolding tower had been erected to facilitate the work but as the injured employee was working from it, at a height of approximately four and a half metres, it was knocked over, sending the labourer and the scaffolding tower crashing to the floor.
The Romanian national, suffered two fractured vertebrae and broke five of his ribs in the fall.
The company was prosecuted after the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the accident and discovered that the temporary workers had been working without supervision, despite the fact that none of them had the necessary experience to erect a scaffolding tower.
MJM Fitout Ltd, of Azalea Drive, in Swanley, Kent, was fined £8,000 and ordered to pay £3,500 in court costs after admitting a breach of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations.