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Director Fined Following Employee Ladder Fall

The director of a construction company has been fined following serious safety failings that caused a worker to fall from a ladder resulting in life-changing injuries.

The 30 year old worker was replacing guttering on a two-storey block of flats on Totton Walk, Havant, October 29th 2014.

The 30 year old worker broke his collarbone, fractured his skull and suffered a brain haemorrhage. The injuries sustained has caused brain damage, memory problems and tinnitus, with the worker still attending hospital treatments, unable to work.

Martin Paul Jacobs, director of MP Jacobs Limited, of Edgell Road, Emsworth, was given a six month custodial sentence suspended for 12 months, ordered to pay court costs of £5,004 and fined £5,000 under Section 37 of The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

Speaking after the hearing, Health and Safety Executive inspector Kate Leftly said:

“Falls from height are the most common cause of injuries for those at work, accounting for nearly three in 10 fatal injuries and nearly 600 major injuries to workers every year.

“The work replacing the guttering in this case was not low risk or short duration and other equipment such as a mobile scaffold tower or mobile elevated working platform should have been used.”

 

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