Building firm fined £450,000 for failing to protect injured workers

Four construction workers were seriously injured in a fall while carrying a ventilation unit on a Wembley site, resulting in a hefty fine for their employer Leyland SDM (LSDM) Limited.
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Westminster Magistrates Court heard that the incident occurred on a warehouse redevelopment project, when the four victims were trying to move a ventilation unit. This operation caused the overloaded working platform to collapse.

As a result the workers had fallen more three and a half metres. Resulting injuries included two leg fractures and a broken collar bone.

Health and Safety Executive inspectors found that the company had failed to plan the work and to manage to the risk of performing a lifting operation while working at height. It had also failed to have correctly trained personnel in place, or to provide effective supervision.

As a result, LSDM of Fourth Way, Wembley pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 6 (3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and Regulation 4 (1) of the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992. They were fined £450,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1038.

Commenting after the hearing, HSE inspector Jack Wilby said: “The safety failings by this company are severe and it is lucky that the injuries were not more severe. This incident highlights the importance of planning work, in this case both for lifting operations and working from height.”

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