FATAL FALL FINE
Russell Samuel was contracted by Febrey Ltd to work as a scaffolder on a Swansea housing development when he fell to his death whilst dismantling a scaffold ladder access platform in January 2008. He fell 19 metres to the ground and suffered multiple injuries from which he died.
HSE investigations found that Febrey Ltd had inadequate health and safety management arrangements in place and there was little or no communication, information or instruction provided to its workforce. The management team on site was not adequately trained in health and safety and this led to persistent failures to control work at height risks on site.
Carillion Construction Ltd, as Principal Contractor, was aware of many failings in the safety management of Febrey Ltd but failed to ensure the safety of its employees and those under its control.
Carillion Construction Ltd was fined a total of £130,000 and ordered to pay £52,500 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) and Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
Febrey Ltd also admitted to breaching Section 2(1) and Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined a total of £85 although the judge said he would have fined them £250,000 had it not become insolvent.