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Cheshire Housebuilders Ltd, were fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £3,633 in prosecution costs after pleading guilty to the safety breach.

Leading providers of on-site equipment, The Site Book, have reported on the recent news regarding a joiner who suffered serious injuries on a construction site. The individual fell five metres from the second floor of a new development in Alderly Edge.

A 25-year-old was knocked unconscious after falling down a staircase void and had to remain in hospital for six days as a result of the injuries. Cheshire Housebuilders Ltd was prosecuted by the HSE following the incident at the Oak Park development on Heyes Lane in Wilmslow. The Macclesfield Magistrates’ Court was told that the joiner had been laying floorboards on the second floor of the five-bedroom detached house when the incident occurred on 25 September 2012.

Another worker was operating the forks of the telehandler at the time in order to lift a stack of roof beams onto the second floor. Unfortunately, they swung out of control and struck the joiner. He was knocked down a two-metre staircase void and landed on the floor below. His injuries included fractures to his wrists and arms. He also required stitches to his lower lip and tongue. The HSE investigation unveiled there were no handrails or safety measures in place around the void, despite the company’s health and safety document highlighting the requirement.

Cheshire Housebuilders Ltd, were fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £3,633 in prosecution costs after pleading guilty to the safety breach. Kevin Jones, HSE Inspector stated: “The joiner suffered serious injuries in the incident but he could have easily been killed in a fall of that distance. The workers should never have been allowed to fit floorboards to the second floor before safety measures have been put in place, such as a handrail around the void of the stairs.”

As experts in construction supplies, The Site Book takes a keen interest in industry relevant news. A spokesperson from the company made the following statement: “If construction companies do not adhere to appropriate health and safety regulations, they run the risk of injuring a worker as well as receiving a hefty fine that could potentially put a company out of business. Where safety is concerned, companies should always ensure they have made the appropriate investments to protect workers and the public throughout all of the construction stages.

“By investing in guardrail posts, Cheshire Housebuilders could have easily avoided this accident. A high-quality guardrail post would have provided secure support for temporary edge protection. A product like this is perfect for construction areas such as staircases and landings that are under construction. They are easy to fix into place and are suitable to secure on wood, concrete or steel staircases. There is no valid reason for the company to not have made this necessary investment. Hopefully, their mistakes will heed warning to other construction companies in the future.”

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