£80,000 fine for construction company after health and safety breach

An employee of Croudace Homes Limited suffered severe multiple injuries including a punctured lung, six fractured ribs, a fractured vertebra and a fractured shoulder after he fell through a plasterboard ceiling onto a staircase below whilst working at a site in Basingstoke.

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) launched an investigation following the workplace accident on 31 October 2016. HSE found that there was poor planning of the work and a lack of understanding of the risks associated with working at height in the loft without adequate fragile surface protection.

Croudace Homes Limited pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was ordered to pay full prosecution costs of £5355 in addition to the £80,000 fine.

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