A scaffolding 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, father of three Gary Hampton, was employed by the Fred Lewis Scaffold Company Ltd and was erecting scaffolding at a factory on the Newstead Industrial Estate, in Stoke-on-Trent, when he plummeted a distance of almost seven metres through a fragile roof.
Mr. Hampton suffered serious personal injury in the accident, including a shattered thigh bone and bruising to his lungs, he also broke both of his wrists and two of his vertebrae in the fall.
His injuries were so severe that he was hospitalised for six weeks and will no longer be able to carry out any form of manual labour.
An investigation by the HSE revealed that the company had not prepared or surveyed the job adequately and had failed to offer proper training and supervision to employees.
Fred Lewis Scaffold Company Ltd, of Birmingham Road, in West Bromwich, was fined £10,000 after admitting a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act, following a successful prosecution by the HSE at Fenton Magistrates’ Court.