A worker suffered serious personal injury, when he fell from a scaffolding platform at a domestic property in Kent.
The employee, who has not been named, was working for Paramount Scaffolding Ltd and was part of a three man team dismantling the scaffolding at a property in Meopham, near Gravesend.
Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court was told that the untrained worker was standing on the first level platform passing down boards to a co-worker, when he lost his footing and plummeted almost two and a half metres to the concrete ground below.
The worker suffered serious head injuries in the fall and required a major operation to remove the frontal lobe of his brain; his injuries were so severe that it is unlikely that he will ever return to work.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that the only trained scaffolder working on the team was company director Luke Jessup and edge protection designed to help prevent a fall had been removed prior to the accident.
Paramount Scaffolding Ltd of Gillingham and director Luke Jessup, also of Gillingham were both fined £2,000 after admitting a breach of the Work at Height Regulations.
Fall from height accidents remain a major cause of serious injuries and fatalities in the construction industry, with an average of over five incidents being reported every day.