A relocation and refurbishment company has been fined £1.1m after a worker was seriously injured when he fell from height. Luton Crown Court heard that in September 2016, an engineer from the London-based firm was testing a sprinkler system for leaks at a site in Hemel Hempstead. His ladder slipped away from him whilst inspecting the leak and he fell almost three metres into the gap between the internal roof and the external wall. The worker sustained life-threatening injuries which saw him lose around half of his bloodstream in addition to a fractured vertebrae and soft tissue damage.
The accident was investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) who found that reasonably practicable measures had not been taken to prevent a fall. It was identified that the company, working in the capacity of principal contractor, had failed to discharge its duty to ensure those not in their employment were not exposed to risks, in particular that of falling from height.