Worker injured after first floor of new house collapses

Grant Prior 4 weeks ago
Share

A construction company has been fined after a worker suffered serious injuries when the first floor of the building he was standing on collapsed underneath him.

Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court heard how Huntsmere Projects Limited was the principal contractor for the construction of a new house in Alderley Edge.

A subcontractor had installed the first floor but a gap left between the concrete beams on the landing was not identified by the Huntsmere site manager nor the contractor’s supervisor.

On the 22 April 2014, a 47-year-old worker fell approximately 3.5 metres when the concrete block beneath his feet gave way and he fell between two concrete beams, suffering serious multiple fractures.

An HSE investigation found the collapse occurred as a result of some of the installed floor blocks becoming displaced during the work on site because of the gap.

Huntsmere Projects Limited did not take all practicable steps to prevent danger to workers from collapse of a part of the new building.

The investigation found that the company should have ensured that the floor was installed as per the design and failed to identify the gap which allowed the floor blocks to move.

Huntsmere Projects Ltd, of Cheshire, pleaded guilty to safety breaches and was fined £240,000 with £14,439.53 costs.

HSE inspector, Deborah Walker, said after the hearing: “As principal contractor, Huntsmere Projects Limited was responsible for safety on the site including ensuring proper planning and co-ordination on the part of all involved in the project.

“Huntsmere Project Limited also had a duty to monitor and control the other contractors that it had engaged – the collapse could have been avoided had the company fulfilled its duties in its role as principal contractor”

Latest news

Skanska UK on alert as group plans 3,000 job cuts

Skanska Group says UK business focus to switch to core markets
1 hour ago

Subcontractors left stranded by Carillion “early payment” system

Millions sitting in controversial system may never reach suppliers
4 hours ago

Crunch day for over 8,000 Carillion staff

Carillion went bust with just £29m left and would have been out of cash today
5 hours ago

Balfour tipped for Carillion’s Leeds ring road job

£115m East Leeds Orbital Route contract consolation for Balfour after £45m hit
4 hours ago

Colmore Tang offers early payment to Carillion subbies

Birmingham contractor to speed-up payments to its suppliers hit by Carillion collapse
12 hours ago

Lendlease launches £1.5bn build-to-rent partnership

First £450m tranche invested in private rental build at Elephant & Castle
4 hours ago

Boost your online presence with the new Enquirer Directory

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

Government fast-tracks probe into Carillion directors

Business secretary extends investigation into actions of directors and auditors
23 hours ago

Race starts for £8.7bn Highways England framework

New approach will allow smaller contractors to take part in regional roads delivery
1 day ago

Supply chain owed £2bn by Carillion

Subcontractors hoping for protection from Project Bank Accounts
1 day ago

Carillion fall-out hits Van Elle and Speedy

Specialist subcontractors start to disclose cost of collapse
1 day ago

Winvic lands Sheffield build-to-rent deal

Construction to start this month on nine-storey block
1 day ago

Willmott Dixon wins second Kent Uni project

Firm to start £13m contract for School of Economic building
1 day ago

Carillion collapse to cost Balfour Beatty £45m

Galliford Try also hit for up to £40m on Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route
2 days ago

Carillion staff and suppliers told to carry on working

Liquidator sets up website offering advice to anyone hit by the collapse
2 days ago

Carillion goes into liquidation

Contractor loses its fight for survival
2 days ago

Construction stops on scores of Carillion projects

Clients in limbo as search starts for new contractors to take on jobs
2 days ago

BAM set for £32m Cornish schools batch

Works starts on first of three community schools
23 hours ago

Watkin Jones chief to step down

Mark Watkin Jones announces intention to leave as firm delivers record results
2 days ago

Plan lodged for £35m Aberdeen Uni teaching hub

University plans to start work later this year
2 days ago

Probe starts into land-banking house builders claim

Expert panel named to tackle barriers to building
2 days ago

John F Hunt buys nuclear specialist

Essex demolition group boosts its concrete cutting expertise
5 days ago

Carillion puts administrators on standby

Contractor makes contingency plans as talks continue with lenders
5 days ago

Race starts for £1.5bn flood defence framework

Next generation Environment Agency framework launched
5 days ago

Ardmore profit rebounds on record sales

South East main contractor delivers 4% operating margin from record £370m revenue
5 days ago

Welsh ministers to help fund Swansea £1.3bn tidal lagoon

Welsh first minister tables cash offer to kick-start £1.3bn tidal energy project
6 days ago

Go-ahead for £60m UCLan Preston student complex

Work expected to start next year on Preston gateway building
5 days ago

Subcontractors wanted for Oxford-Cambridge corridor

Supplier event for local specialists: Register now
5 days ago

United Living to start £30m Milton Keynes PRS build

Site demolition completes for Silbury Boulevard build to rent project
6 days ago

Betting Spy: Man City on a roll against major rivals

A win at Liverpool is a decent bet at 5/4
6 days ago

Contractor services