A window installation firm has been fined following an accident at work incident in which an employee fell from height, later dying from his injuries.
Brighton Magistrates Court heard how on the 10 September Kevin McLean, trading as South Coast Installations, was installing UPVC windows at a three story house in Brighton.
Mark Taylor, a 48 year old window fitter from Southampton, was assisting Mr McLean with the installation at the time of the incident. The court heard how Mr Taylor fell to the ground when the unsecured ladder he was standing on fell sideways.
Mr Taylor, a father of two, was taken to hospital after sustaining serious head injuries but unfortunately he died the following day.
An investigation into the incident by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Mr McLean had failed to ensure that the work was planned correctly and carried out in a safe manner.
After pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations, Kevin McLean trading as South Coast Installations was fined a total of £10,000. The window fitter was also ordered to pay costs of £6,250.
HSE Inspector Amanda Huff, said:
“Mark Taylor’s family have been devastated because simple steps where not taken to secure the ladder he was using. If Kevin McLean had ensured a proper risk assessment was carried out this tragic incident could have been prevented.”
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Source: Health & Safety Executive