Trio fined £336k after gymnast breaks back in roof fall

Grant Prior 10 years ago

Three Scottish companies have been fined a total of £336,000 after a worker fell six and a half metres through a roof light onto a concrete floor.

Christopher Carson, who was 23 at the time, competed as a floor gymnast at national level and was also a coach in the sport.

As his day job, he was working as an electrician’s labourer for Robert A.S. Crockett and Partners Ltd.

Crockett and Partners had been contracted by Electroguard Security Systems to fit a lighting system as part of a larger project at Dundee Cold Stores Ltd, Kingsway West, Dundee.

Dundee Sheriff’s Court heard that on October 3 2008, Carson was attaching cables to the wall of the building in order to install the new security system.

One of the cables he needed was on the roof of the building so he decided to use a mobile platform to get to the roof level and then walk across the roof to retrieve it.

Once on the roof he realised he needed some clips, and as he was returning to the platform he stood on a roof light and fell through it, hitting machinery in the building below, before landing on the concrete floor.

He suffered a number of fractures to his back as well as fractures and dislocation to his left shoulder.

He also suffered a puncture wound to his lower back from a drill bit which was in his pocket when he fell.

Carson required surgery to reattach three tendons to his shoulder and had to undergo physiotherapy. He still suffers from chronic pain in his back and shoulder from which he is making a slow recovery.

An HSE investigation found that Dundee Cold Stores had not asked either Electroguard Security Systems or Robert A.S. Crockett and Partners Ltd for a written risk assessment for the work they had been asked to carry out.

Nor was there a method statement from either company as to how the work was to be carried out safely.

Robert A.S. Crockett and Partners Ltd of Scott Street, Dundee was fined £66,000 after pleading guilty to safety breaches.

Electroguard Security Systems of Strathmore Avenue, Dundee was fined £135,000, and Dundee Cold Stores of Whittle Place, Gourdie industrial Estate, Dundee fined £135,000 after they both pleaded guilty to safety breaches.

After sentencing, HSE Inspector Harry Bottesch said:”Mr Carson has suffered significant and lasting injuries because his employer left him to work at height unsupervised and without clear instructions about what work he was expected to do and how he was to do it.”

Latest news

Hinkley Point delayed another year as costs rise by £3bn

Covid blamed for construction delays and cost increases
22 hours ago

DfE to unveil plans for school procurement shake-up

Supply chain summit to be held next month in Birmingham on future of schools frameworks
1 day ago

Plan for £100m clifftop hotel and flats in Newquay

Developer Salboy's landmark scheme to go in for planning shortly
1 day ago

Top 30 M&E contractors set for growth – ranking

Major M&E firms prepare for work surge after riding out pandemic
1 day ago

Former Mace boss joins Taylor Wimpey board

Mark Castle takes on another non-exec role
1 day ago

ISG starts £28m duo of Yorkshire leisure centre jobs

Harrogate and Knaresborough leisure centre jobs get underway
1 day ago

HS2 workforce surges to 25,000 jobs milestone

Over 2,500 firms form the HS2 supply chain
1 day ago

Green light for 1.4m sq ft Yorkshire logistic hub

Work at the site, located 24 miles from Leeds city centre, is expected in September.
1 day ago

Contractors lift tender margins to 9% on bids in the Capital

Developer Landsec to press ahead with trio of London office schemes this year despite cost inflation
2 days ago

Fire safety work plunges Countryside to £182m loss

Countryside Partnerships forms dedicated division to handle retrofits on a 123 buildings
2 days ago

Site wages row looms as union dismisses “derisory” pay offer

Unions want 10% increases but employers offer less than 4%
2 days ago

Fusion wins Manchester high rise student block appeal

Planning inspector overturns city council refusal for 28-storey Deansgate block
2 days ago

Failed London fit-out specialist owed trade firms £13m

Twenty 1 Group owed HMRC £9.7m leaving more than 300 firms with no hope of payment
3 days ago

Demolition work imminent on half-built Taylor Wimpey flats

Angry local residents share pictures of site set to be torn down
2 days ago

B&K returns to strong profit growth across the group

Pre-tax profit jumps 23% to £65m as revenue edges up to £1.18bn
3 days ago

British Land expects tender price inflation to hit 10%

Developer says 91% of costs are fixed on planned schemes
3 days ago

Morgan Sindall set for £80m leisure and health hub

West Suffolk public service development to be built at no extra cost to tax payers
3 days ago

Plans in for £500m Hollow Mountain pumped hydro scheme

Work removing 2m tonnes of rock could start within two years
4 days ago

L&G to pump £4bn into West Midlands developments

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street signs landmark investment deal with L&G
3 days ago

Hunt starts for £250m Stockport 8 site developer

Town centre 8-acre site is earmarked for 1,200 homes, shops and leisure
4 days ago

Higgins bags trio of East London passivhaus schemes

Partnership to build 220 affordable homes for Newham council
4 days ago

Water industry revives PFI model for £1bn job

Vast Haweswater Aqueduct upgrade to pilot new DPC model, hailed as the future for water companies
4 days ago

VolkerRail fined £550,000 after trench collapse

Court hears how two metre deep excavation was unsupported
4 days ago

‘Ratty the Robot’ takes bite out of costly pipe inspections

Pipe-crawling tetherless robo-rat makes light work of complex underground inspections
4 days ago

Graham gets green light for £124m M25 Junction 28

Consent allows work to start this Autumn on Essex junction upgrade
5 days ago

Six win £600m panelised housing DPS deal

Better Building alliance of 29 housing associations signs up manufacturers
4 days ago

Watkin Jones reports record £2bn pipeline

Student rooms and BTR builder plans corporate name change in big rebrand
4 days ago

Race starts for £500m Scottish zero carbon hospital job

Bidding starts for new University Hospital Monklands near Airdrie
5 days ago

Manchester airport taxis out £60m terminal 2 pier job

Bidding to start before the end of 2022 for project start early next summer
5 days ago

Plan for 1,100-home complex at Leicester factory site

Galliford Try investments plots Corah Factory transformation
5 days ago

Contractor services