HSE fines contractor for fatal accident at work
The family of a man who suffered fatal personal injuries in an accident at work has received compensation.
The 50-year-old and his son had been working for a building contractor at a site in Blandford, Dorset, in November 2008 when the work accident took place.
Both men had been taking down a barn as instructed by their employer when the man was hit on the head by a piece of falling cob. The debris had fallen from a part of the building that his son had been working on at the time using a hand tool.
The man suffered serious head injuries from the incident and sadly died at the scene of the accident.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation discovered that the men had not been wearing safety helmets at the time of the accident and that the son had been employed with no prior experience in demolishing a building. It was also found that the project had not been planned out properly.
The contractor who employed both men has been ordered to pay £12,420 in fines and compensation to the family after admitting responsibility for illegal conditions, which led to the accident at work.