Roof truss collapse injures four workers

Grant Prior 4 years ago
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A Worcestershire contractor has been fined £24,000 after four workers were injured, one of them seriously, when a roof truss collapsed during construction.

Four men working on the extension were caught in the collapse at premises in Brandon Court, Binley, Coventry, on 26 June 2014.

One man was trapped by his legs, two suffered minor injuries and the fourth, a 37-year-old who does not wish to be named, suffered severe grazing and a fracture to his lower spine which led to many painful months off work.

Nuneaton Magistrates’ Court heard that the principal contractor for the project was DP Designs Ltd.

The court heard that due to an omission during the planning and procurement process of the project a critical structural truss had been overlooked.

This led to the workers attempting to install the trusses in an unstable manner, but as soon as they realised it was an issue they stopped working in that area.

But the following day, one of the trusses broke, causing a domino effect as several other trusses collapsed above the area where the men were currently working.

The investigation found that had the work been properly planned, organised and monitored the collapse would not have occurred.

Also, if appropriate fall prevention measures had been implemented correctly, the outcome would have been less severe.

DP Designs Ltd, of Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, was fined a total of £24,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,106.15 after pleading guilty to two safety breacjes.

After the case, HSE Inspector Chris Gregory, said: “As the principal contractor DP Designs Ltd should have ensured the roof truss installation was properly planned, appropriately supervised and, above all, safe.

“The company had a duty to inform those, who may be affected, of any changes to the plan that may impact on their work, in this case the company failed to inform workers of changes that led to the structure becoming unstable.

“Where work at height is involved, companies should also provide suitable measures to prevent falls and, secondly, provide equipment to mitigate the outcome of any falls. However, as a result of the DP Design Ltd’s failings, four men were injured.”

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