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British Telecom fined for management failures

British Telecom PLC has been fined £500,000 for management failures after an employee broke his back and both ankles.

British Telecom PLC has been fined £500,000 for management failures after an employee broke his back and both ankles.

In May 2011, the employee was fixing a telephone fault in the roof of a block of flats in Tower Hamlets, East London. The Old Bailey heard how the employee lost his balance and fell through the ceiling, sustaining injuries to his back and ankles.

The HSE investigation into the incident revealed that there were a number of management failures by the company, relating to inadequate planning of the work being undertaken, supervision and checks that the work was being carried out safely.

The company was found guilty of breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act and was fined £500,000 with costs of £98,913.51. The judge also criticised the company for its attempt to blame the employee for the incident.