Construction firm fined £105k after scaffolder paralysed in fall from insecure decking

Construction firm Structural Metal Decks Limited (SMDL) has been fined more than £100,000 after a worker was paralysed following a fall from insecure decking at a building site in Kilsyth.

Sub-contracted to lay metal deck flooring on a new health centre by John Graham Construction Ltd, the scaffolder was moving scaffolding components when he stood on a section of decking which had been put in place by SMDL.

The decking sheet gave way and the man fell more than four metres to the ground, suffering injuries to his spinal cord.

An investigation into the incident, which took place on April 22, 2015, by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the metal deck sheets on the first level of the building had not been secured properly and the access to the first level of the decking was not adequately controlled allowing non-decking workers onto the deck.

Structural Metal Decks Limited pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 3 (1) and 33 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 at Airdrie Sheriff Court and was fined £105,000.

HSE inspector Graeme McMinn said: “This is a tragic incident, which has had a devastating effect on a young man’s life.

"The accident could have been avoided if the Structural Metal Decks Ltd had taken appropriate safety precautions and ensured the decking sheets were properly secured.”

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