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Construction firm fined after workers injured

Four men working on the extension were caught in the collapse at premises in Brandon Court, Binley, Coventry, on 26 June 2014.

One man was trapped by his legs, two suffered minor injuries and the fourth, a 37-year-old who does not wish to be named, suffered severe grazing and a fracture to his lower spine which led to many painful months off work.

Nuneaton Magistrates’ Court heard that the principal contractor for the project was DP Designs Ltd, which was prosecuted for safety failings following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The court heard that due to an omission during the planning and procurement process of the project, a critical structural truss had been overlooked. This led to the workers attempting to install the trusses in an unstable manner, but as soon as they realised it was an issue they stopped working in that area.

However, the following day, one of the trusses broke, causing a domino effect as several other trusses collapsed above the area where the men were currently working.

The investigation found that had the work been properly planned, organised and monitored the collapse would not have occurred. Also, if appropriate fall prevention measures had been implemented correctly, the outcome would have been less severe.

DP Designs Ltd, of Millennium Court, Buntsford Park Road, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, was fined a total of £24,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,106.15 after pleading guilty to two offences, one breach of Regulation 25(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 and the other a breach of Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

Added: 16-06-2015
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