Personal injury news
Firm fined for breaking Work at Height Regulations
A man has suffered serious personal injuries after a guardrail collapsed in an accident at work.
The man had been working at a housing development in Reading last year when the work accident took place. While on the first floor of the property he leant on a wooden guardrail, which gave way, causing him to fall two and a half metres to the floor below.
As a result of the fall, the worker suffered severe injuries including a fractured hip, chipped bone in his spine and internal bleeding. Due to the severity of his injuries he was forced to spend three weeks in hospital.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that the guardrail had previously been removed to allow building materials to be passed through, causing the fixings to deteriorate.
The main contractor for the site was fined £5,000 for breaking Work at Height Regulations.
A spokesperson for the HSE commented that the accident at work could have been avoided had the guardrail been inspected before being refitted.