Construction firm M & L Installers Ltd fined £20k after contractor suffers life changing injuries in fall
Construction company M & L Installers Ltd has been fined £20,000 after a contractor suffered life changing injuries when he fell through an unguarded hole onto a concrete floor while fitting mezzanine flooring in Surrey.
The Lincoln-based firm was contracted to install the flooring, which included a hole where a lift was due to be fitted, at a factory in Sunbury.
The contractor sustained a severe brain injury in the 3.5 metre fall on January 13, 2015, was hospitalised for two months and is still unable to work almost two years after the incident.
At Guildford Crown Court, M & L Installers Ltd pleaded guilty to a breach of the Work at Height Regulations, Regulation 6(3) at Guildford Crown Court and were fined £20,000 and ordered to pay £9165.56 costs.
HSE inspector, Amanda Huff, said: “The contractors injuries were life changing and he could have easily have been killed. This serious incident and devastation could have been avoided if basic safe guards had been put in place”.