Contractor fined after unfixed void cover moved during concrete pour


In the UK a company has been fined after a workman was seriously injured when he fell through a void at Fort Kinnaird Retail Park, Edinburgh in May 2014.


Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard how the worker, employed by a sub-contractor, was involved in pouring concrete onto the first floor of a building under construction.


The employee was walking across a floor that was under construction when his “boot caught” and he tripped. In doing so he dislodged an unsecured wooden board which had been placed over the void and exposed an opening of 2m x 1m.


He fell approximately 4.5m through opening and sustained serious injuries to his back and a fractured foot.


The workman remained away from work for twenty-two weeks and suffers continuing pain. He has reduced mobility, finding it difficult to walk or sit for long periods.


Void covers should be fixed or Temporary edge protection used


HSE investigators found that the company failed to take suitable and sufficient measures by not fixing the wooden panels placed on the void to prevent a fall.


The Company pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulation 2005 and was fined £6,600.

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