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Company fined after employees seriously injured at primary school

29 July 2020

Two workers sustained serious injuries while working at a school in November 2016, Liverpool Crown Court was told during the recent hearing resulting from the incident.

The court was told that the accident occurred at St Saviour RC Primary School in Ellesmere Port, Liverpool, during the remove of large windows.

One of the workers fell from a tower scaffold and also knocked his colleague from a stepladder, resulting in one losing conscious and the second suffering from broken ribs and a punctured lung.

Following an investigation into the incident by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), it was found that the scaffolding tower had been incorrectly assembled and the stepladder used by the second worker was not suitable for the task.

The HSE also found a lack of training, qualifications, supervision and planning had all contributed to the incident and injuries to the two workers.

After pleading guilty to breaching Regulations 4, 5 and 6 of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, Crystal Architecture Aluminium from Ashton-Under-Lyne - the employer of the two injured workers - was fined £17,000 and order to pay more than £32,100 costs.

The HSE continues to warn of the essential need to correctly plan, supervise and organise all working at height operations, which continue to be one of the most common causes of fatal accidents in the working environment.

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