A company that fabricates modular timber buildings was recently found guilty in court of breach of safety regulations after an employee was injured.
The company had been given the job of replacing a canopy that hung between two temporarily constructed buildings at a Shropshire school. One of the company’s workers was injured in the process.
William Phillips was working on the canopy with two other employees when he fell 3 metres down between the timber joists down onto the concrete floor that lay below.
Mr. Philips suffered severe injuries, which included fracturing his back, six ribs, one wrist and his breastbone. Up to now, he has not been able to go back to work.
After The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) had conducted an investigation, they discovered that the company had not placed any protection around the area to prevent accidental falls. As a substitute, the company had placed two soft bags on the ground just in case of a fall, but it was revealed that these were not placed immediately under the location where the work was being done.
The company admitted that it had failed to put proper safety measures in place to protect its employees.
This situation highlights when an accident at work could have quite easily been prevented as it was a known risk area with known methods of minimising the likelihood of a serious injury.
Mr Philips was left with devastating injuries as a result of negligence by his employer.
In general, accidents at work can affect workers and be life changing for their families. If health and safety regulations are not taken seriously by companies, then they have to accept the consequences.
Anyone who has been injured in their own workplace through a lack of effective safety measures is legally entitled to compensation for any extra medical costs as a result of their injuries as well as loss of income caused by being unavailable for work.