Labourer snaps thighbone in beam plunge

Grant Prior 4 years ago
Share

A worker broke his leg when he fell three metres after a beam he was standing on gave way on a mixed-use scheme in Wales.

Malcolm Milne, 59, from Caldicot, plunged from a single storey roof to the ground at Beach Cliff, Penarth, on 30 January 2013.

He spent several days in hospital, was reliant on crutches for five months and has been unable to return to construction work since.

Cardiff Magistrates’ Court heard that his employer RHP Merchants and Construction Ltd was the principal contractor for a mixed development project to create commercial units, flats and town houses.

Milne and a colleague were working on a disused lodge building that was being demolished to make way for the new buildings, and were removing roof tiles at the time of the fall.

HSE’s investigation established that neither Milne or his co-worker had any training for the demolition work, and that Milne was also untrained for working at height.

Inspectors found that RHP had not carried out any risk assessment for the work and no safety equipment had been provided for working on the roof.

The court was also told that the project manager was on holiday at the time of the incident, as was a senior site engineer so supervision and management was lacking.

RHP of Castleton, Cardiff, pleaded guilty to safety breaches and was fined a total of £20,000 and ordered to pay £9,414 in costs.

After the hearing HSE Inspector David Kirkpatrick said: “Mr Milne’s injuries could have been much worse and he could even have been killed in the fall, which was entirely preventable and would not have happened had the work been better planned, managed and monitored.

“A risk assessment would have identified the hazards and a proper plan of work would have mitigated the risks of any fall. The lack of site management and supervision during the week of the incident played a major part in what happened.”

Latest news

Forrest sites closed as contractor tries to refinance business

Company denies administration rumours as talks with banks continue
17 hours ago

Pre-construction work starts on £1bn Silvertown Tunnel

Specialist ITM Monitoring lands deal under pioneering Tfl framework
9 hours ago

Wates appoints former Willmott Dixon finance chief

Philip Wainwright joins as new Chief Financial Officer
12 hours ago

Spurs strike deal to use Wembley for whole season

Club agrees contingency plan if new stadium still not ready in the New Year
1 day ago

Galliford Try appoints new highways ops director

Three former Carillion directors now senior directors at highways business
16 hours ago

Plan for £410m London Camden Lock estate rebuilds

Estate rebuilds and linked Barratt scheme will deliver 1,300 homes at Camden Goods Yard site
16 hours ago

McAvoy wins Northumbria offsite hospital wing job

£15m order for new wing at Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington.
16 hours ago

Strabag confirmed for potash mine tunnel fit-out

Yorkshire potash mine developer signs off final construction contract
16 hours ago

Gravity probe could spell an end to hole digging on sites

Scientists get funding for new generation of sensors which could revolutionise ground investigation work
3 days ago

Amey wins £50m North West roads design

Amey Consulting secures Area 10 design deal adding to its maintenance contract
3 days ago

Boost your online presence – join the new Enquirer Directory

New site for suppliers and buyers will showcase their products, services and latest stories
6 months ago

Construction new work output grows 2.8% in third quarter

Activity rebound driven by new private housing
3 days ago

McLaren gets green light to start Tottenham Hale revamp

Landlord Grainger acquires first phase of redevelopment scheme for £41m
4 days ago

Building boss fined after roof collapse on resi conversion

Lucky escape for three tilers after roof cave-in
4 days ago

Go-ahead for £100m Cardiff Interchange

22-storey flats, offices and bus station plan approved
4 days ago

Willmott Dixon Interiors appoints new Midlands chief

Phil Crowther to head midlands expansion of interiors business
4 days ago

Contractor hunt starts for £50m Leicester mixed-use scheme

Developer keen to talk to builders ahead of 2019 start date
5 days ago

Chinese contractor starts first Liverpool major project

£80m Lexington tower is to be built at Princes Dock for developer Moda
5 days ago

Toshiba scraps £15bn Moorside nuclear power station plan

Plan to build Europe's biggest nuclear power station binned
5 days ago

Betting Spy: Win double for West Ham and Spurs

Double pays 3/1 while Betting Spy is off to the rugby
4 days ago

Latest Aberdeen bypass delay costs Galliford Try extra £20m

Hit on Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route rises to £143m for Galliford Try
5 days ago

Clients fastest payers among Build UK members

Only four member firms pay their bills within 30 days: Full league table of payers
5 days ago

Court hands out £1.2m fine after digger ruptures gas pipe

Distributor and contractor fined after two workers injured during repair work
5 days ago

Subcontractors wanted for £50m Liverpool Cruise terminal

McLaughlin & Harvey has 50 work packages up for grabs: Register your interest now
5 days ago

Grainger signs London council JV for 300-home scheme

Plans to be submitted next year for Lewisham Council Besson Street scheme
5 days ago

Competition watchdog calls in powered access merger

Competition and Markets Authority investigates Nationwide Platforms deal to buy HSS's UK Platforms business
5 days ago

Plans for Birmingham ‘NEC city’ and airport expansion

Plan for extra 3.4m sq ft and 2,500 homes at NEC campus
6 days ago

Fifteen firms to share £8.7bn highways bonanza

Highways England switches to performance rather than profit based deals
6 days ago

Persimmon chief to leave after £75m bonus controversy

Jeff Fairburn to step down "by mutual agreement and at the request of the company"
6 days ago

Acheson & Glover Precast placed in administration

Pre-stressed hollowcore flooring specialist collapses
6 days ago

Contractor services