A plastering contractor has been fined after two of its plasterers were seriously injured during the construction of a shopping centre in 2007.
In August 2007 during the construction of the Westfield shopping centre in Derby, two plasterers were using a scissor lift to transport plasterboard between the floors when it toppled over, sending them falling seven metres to the ground.
The two workers were seriously injury in the accident at work fall. A twenty two year old worker from Derbyshire suffered a fractured cheekbone and pelvis, as well a broken nose and severe bruising. The thirty nine year old plasterer from Sheffield, received fractures to his skull, eye socket, elbow and thumb along with heavy bruising. Both men had to take long periods of time of work and were both hospitalised after the fall.
An inquest was carried out by the HSE (Health and Safety Executive), who found that the plasterers were using an incorrect piece of equipment to transport the boards between the floors.
Plastering contractors Clark & Fenn Skanska Ltd, we accused of breaking the lifting operations and lifting equipment regulations for failing to ensure the lifting operations were planned, supervised and carried out in a safer work manner.
Clark & Fenn Skanska Ltd pleaded guilty to the accusations and were ordered to pay a fine of £5,000 as well as £11,348 legal costs.