Construction Company Director Fined After Worker’s Ladder Fall

Dec 09, 2015
The director of a construction company has appeared at court following an incident in which a worker fell from a ladder and suffered life-changing injuries.  

The court heard how an employee of MP Jacobs fell from a ladder on 29 October 2014 whilst he was carrying out work to replace guttering on a block of residential flats at in Havant.

The 30-year-old suffered a fractured skull, a broken collar bone and also suffered a brain haemorrhage. The injuries resulted in brain damage and caused memory problems and tinnitus. The injured party is still subject to ongoing treatment and is unable to work.

The company director, Martin Paul Jacobs, was sentenced by Portsmouth Crown Court to a suspended sentence of imprisonment for a period of six months following his guilty plea to an offence under section 37 of the Health and Safety Act 1974. He was also ordered to pay £5,004 in costs. 

The inspector for the Health and Safety Executive Kate Leftly said after the hearing: “Falls from height are the most common cause of injuries for those at work, accounting for nearly three in 10 fatal injuries and nearly 600 major injuries to workers every year… The work replacing the guttering in this case was not low risk or short duration and other equipment such as a mobile scaffold tower or mobile elevated working platform should have been used.”

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