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Ladder fall: £850k fine after window installer breaks knee cap
A window installer fell three metres from an unsecured ladder, breaking his knee cap, an investigation has found.
The accident happened when the worker was attempting to install a first-floor rear bedroom window of a property on Cemetery Road, Doncaster.
Employed by H.P.A.S Limited (trading as Safestyle UK) at the time of the accident on 1 March, 2017, the operative was climbing a ladder that was not footed or tied and it slipped. He fell and sustained injuries which required surgery.
The HSE’s investigation found:
• the company’s system for planning work at height was inadequate in that it failed to ensure that work was carried out in a safe manner
• windows were not routinely installed from the inside
• ladders were used in a way that constituted serious risk
• there was no system of monitoring or supervision in place
• operatives were left to their own devices.
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