Luton Magistrates’ Court heard how four bricklayers were working on a new build of three terraced houses, when they gained unrestricted access to a timber joisted floor.
The floor collapsed. Two of the four workers managed to jump off during the collapse whilst the other two fell and suffered serious injuries.
S McMurray Ltd, of Sacombe Road, Hertfordshire, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 13 (1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. The Company has been fined £16,500 and ordered to pay costs of £1236.60.
Both of the injured employees are still unable to return to full time work. One spent two days in hospital after the incident and the other is still recovering from his injuries as an inpatient, it is not clear whether or not his injury will be life changing.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the Principal Contractor, S McMurray Ltd, had failed to safely install joist hangers correctly. There was no other structural support arrangement in place, such as propping the first floor from underneath. The floor was also overloaded with blockwork.
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