Building contractor was sentenced after a subcontractor injured falling from height

On 29th July 2016 Mr Niven was working on a new build in Kinross. Mr Niven was standing on the Youngman Board when it slipped, causing him to fall onto a concrete floor slab below.

An investigation by the HSE found that Brebner and Williamson failed to ensure that:

  • The work was properly supervised for the working at height;
  • There was scaffold surrounding the full perimeter of the house under construction and;
  • Suitable working platform and fall protection measures were in place.

Brebner and Williamson based in Fife pleaded guilty to breaching the Work at Height Regulations 2005, Regulation 4 and Section 33(1)(c) of the Health and Safety at Work Etc. Act 1974 and were fined £5,000.

After the hearing, HSE Inspector Gillian Anderson said, “Falls from height remain one of the most common causes of work-related fatalities and severe injuries in this country and the risks associated with working at height are well known. Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.”

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