CME Ceilings, a Merseyside firm, has been ordered to pay fines of £5,000 in addition to £5,000 costs following an incident where a 43-year-old worker suffered a brain injury on January 18 last year. The man, who is from West Derby, fell from scaffolding at Croxteth Sports and Wellbeing centre and subsequently sustained a brain haemorrhage, a fractured skull, a collapsed lung and broken bones.
The company was prosecuted and fined following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) which discovered that the scaffolding tower had been unsafe. After the accident the worker was in intensive care for two weeks. The brain injury he suffered has had a long-term impact on his personality. He has been unable to return to work as a consequence of his injuries.
The accident occurred when the company was carrying out a job that involved installing a suspended ceiling at the Croxteth Sports and Wellbeing centre. Originally a scissor lift was going to be utilised in order to reach the ceiling, however they did not properly arrange for the scissor lift to be delivered to the site, so a scaffolding tower was used instead. The use of the scaffolding tower was made hazardous due to the fact the brakes of the wheels had not been applied in addition to the fact that no edge protection had been positioned around the work platform to stop workers from falling.
When the tower suddenly started to move across the room while the man was working he fell two meters to the ground below. The HSE also discovered that scaffolding tower consisted of parts from numerous manufacturers and that these parts were in poor condition. The company admitted guilt to violating the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
Mark Baker , a HSE inspector had this to say about the incident –
“One of CME Ceilings’ employees has suffered severe physical and mental injuries that will affect him for the rest of his life.
“The scaffolding tower the company provided simply wasn’t up to the job and his life was put in danger the minute he started to climb it.
“This case should act as a warning to firms not to cut corners and to make sure they use the right equipment for the job they’re doing.”