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Balfour Beatty Employee Suffers Injury at Work

Construction company Balfour Beatty Regional Construction Limited (Balfour Beatty) has been fined almost a quarter of a million pounds after an employee suffered an injury at work.

Injury at work

The company were running a house-building development site at Richmond Park, Croft, Sheffield at the time of the incident. Three workers had been instructed to carry out brick laying work on the first floor of a new build domestic property.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how one of the workers was injured when part of the floor beneath him gave way. The worker, along with 70 building blocks, fell 2.4 meters to the ground floor. He sustained multiple fractures to bones in his foot during the accident at work incident.

HSE Investigation

Following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), it was determined that the supporting joists of the first floor were unstable. They had not been properly installed as instructed by the designer of the house.


Balfour Beatty Regional Construction Limited of Wilton Road, London, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 28 (1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007. The company was fined £230,000, with costs of £11,915.

Alan Sheldon, HSE Inspector, said:

“It is vital that companies following design instructions and ensure that structures are stable. This incident could have been much more serious for a number of workers and should act as a reminder to everyone within construction–that protecting workers’ health and safety is vital in such a potentially dangerous industry.”

Injury at work – expert advice

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Balfour Beatty Fined £2.6 Million after Death of Worker

A leading international infrastructure firm has been handed a £2.6 million fine after an employee was killed when a trench collapsed on him.

Sub-contractor James Sim was working on behalf of Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions Limited when the incident occurred on 14 April 2010 in Lancashire. The 32 year old from Barry, South Wales, was laying the ducting for a cable in a 2.4 meter deep trench, without any shoring. The trench collapsed, trapping Mr Sim and he was killed.

Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions Limited recently pleaded guilty at Preston Crown Court following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

After the hearing, Chris Hatton, an inspector for HSE said:

“The level of this fine should serve as a warning to industry not to ignore health and safety matters.

“Balfour Beatty failed to adequately assess, plan and supervise the work being undertaken. Trench collapses are easy to prevent, and it is disappointing that James’ life was lost in such a tragic way.

“The family has shown great patience and support throughout this investigation which is a credit to both them and James’ memory.”

After pleading guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, Regulation 31(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 and Regulation 3(1)(a) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions Limited, of Park Square Newton, Chambers Road, Chapeltown, Sheffield was fined £2.6 million. The company was also ordered to wear £54,000.

Injury At Work – Expert Advice

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Source: Health & Safety Executive