Balfour Beatty fined £230k for safety failings after worker injured in floor collapse at Sheffield housing site

Balfour Beatty has been fined £230,000 after a bricklayer was injured when flooring at a Sheffield housing development collapsed.

The worker, who was one of a three-man team working on the first floor of an incomplete property, suffered multiple fractures to his foot when he and about 70 building blocks slid 2.4 metres to the ground when the floor gave way at the Richmond Park site in Croft.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident, which occurred on March 2, 2015, found that the supporting joists of the first floor had not been fully installed as per the house designer’s instructions, leaving it unstable.

Balfour Beatty Regional Construction Limited of Wilton Road, London, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 28 (1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 at Newcastle Crown Court. As well as the £230,000 fine, the firm was also ordered to pay £11,915 in costs.

HSE Inspector Alan Sheldon, said: “It is vital that companies following design instructions and ensure that structures are stable. This incident could have been much more serious for a number of workers and should act as a reminder to everyone within construction–that protecting workers’ health and safety is vital in such a potentially dangerous industry.”

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