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Derbyshire based Allen and Hunt Construction Engineers Ltd of Thorpe fined after worker fell 6 metres

Allen and Hunt Construction Engineers Ltd pleaded guilty to breaches of the Work at Height Regulations and was fined a total of £267,000.

Allen and Hunt Construction Engineers Ltd pleaded guilty to breaches of sections 4(1), 7 and 9(2) of the Work at Height Regulations and was fined a total of £267,000 and ordered to pay costs £7,750 as well as a victim surcharge of £120.

A worker who was carrying out repairs to a roof of a barn fell from height (6 metres) to the ground and sustained serious injuries to his head, lungs and hip. A colleague of the worker was under the roof in a ‘man basket’ (attached to a telehandler) when the incident occurred and had to climb down the boom of the machine to help the injured worker. There were no separate controls to operate the man basket from inside it and this left the injured worker stranded.

The HSE’s investigation into the matter found that no sufficient platforms or coverings for the barn had been installed to protect the workers in case a fall occurred. The risk assessment and method statement for the job were also not specific to the job and were located off-site in the company’s office.

You can find out more about this case on the HSE website.