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Tego Roofing Ltd & Wates Construction Ltd, fined after a worker was left paralysed “His employment opportunities are now restricted and he will never be able to walk again”

A construction company and a roofing contractor have been fined after a worker was left paralysed from the waist down when he plunged four metres through a hole in a roof at a Swindon building site.

Giovanni Mastrodomenico, 56, from Swindon, fell through a waterproof membrane into the unguarded hole while working at the Marlborough Park development in the town on 31 August 2011.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) yesterday (8 July) prosecuted his employer Tego Roofing Ltd, of Oxford, and Surrey-based principal contractor Wates Construction Ltd for safety failings relating to the incident.

Swindon Magistrates’ Court heard that Mr Mastrodomenico was carrying out metalwork prior to the installation of a vent on the roof of the new apartment block. The hole he plunged through was where the vent was to be placed.

He fell four metres onto a concrete floor below, causing permanent injuries that have left him unable to walk and confined to a wheelchair.

An HSE investigation found that scaffolding under the hole inside the building had been removed because it was obstructing an emergency escape route, and that scaffolding planks had subsequently been placed over the hole instead.

However, these planks were in turn removed to allow workmen to lay a waterproof membrane over the hole in preparation for the vent to be installed. So there was nothing to in place to prevent or mitigate Mr Mastrodomenico’s fall.

The court was told that the risk assessment and method statement for the work was unsuitable and insufficient because it failed to refer to the installation process for the vent.

There was confusion about who the site supervisor was when the incident happened and, although the site manager had seen the roofers working near the hole, he did not stop the work or ensure the scaffolding boards were replaced.

HSE established that Tego Roofing failed to provide adequate supervision or instruction to its employees while working on the roof, and also that workers failed to identify the risk or warn others, including Mr Mastrodomenico, of the hazard created by the removal of the boards covering the hole.

Construction company Wates failed to plan, manage and monitor the work and did not ensure there was a risk assessment in place.

Tego Roofing Ltd, of Monument Business Park, Chalgrove, Oxford, was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £9,460 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 13(2) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007.

Wates Construction Ltd, of Station Approach, Leatherhead, Surrey, was fined £18,000 with costs of £11,127 after also pleading guilty to a separate breach of the same regulations.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Keiron Jones, said:

“Mr Mastrodomenico’s life and that of his family have been completely changed by the management failings on the site. Apart from the pain and suffering he has gone through, his employment opportunities are now restricted and he will never be able to walk again.

“Construction companies and their contractors must have proper plans in place to allow their employees to complete the job safely.

“As principal contractor, Wates failed to plan, manage and monitor the work, and ensure there was a risk assessment in place. Tego also failed in their duty to provide a risk assessment, ensure there was adequate supervision on-site and make sure there was a safe system of work for the installation of the vent.

“Falls from height are the biggest killer in the construction industry and last year alone more than 6,300 employees suffered major injuries following a fall. Working at height must always be properly planned.”

http://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2013/rnn-sw-tego-wates.htm?eban=rss-

OSHA fines two companies $130,500 for trenching hazards at Kearny, NJ, site

KEARNY, N.J. – VM Construction Inc., based in Miami, and Concrete Systems Inc., based in Sterling, were cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for willful and repeat trenching hazards found at a Kearny work site. OSHA’s November 2012 investigation was prompted by an imminent danger complaint that alleged workers operated in an unprotected excavation 8 feet deep.

One willful violation, carrying a $28,000 penalty, was cited against VM Construction Inc. for those workers operating in an unprotected excavation. A willful violation is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law’s requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health. The construction company was also cited for one serious violation, with a $2,400 penalty, for failing to ensure a competent person inspected the excavation prior to allowing workers to enter. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=24180

Police hold 10 over fire that killed 3 | China| chinadaily.com.cn

Police hold 10 over fire that killed 3|China|chinadaily.com.cn: Ten people have been held responsible for a fire in a commercial building in Northwest China that killed three people and injured 21 on Saturday.

Flames from a stove ignited the exterior wall of the 14-story World Trade Building in Yan’an, Shaanxi province, local authorities said on Sunday.

The fire, which engulfed the whole building, was extinguished at around 4 pm.

Ten people from a local construction company were held responsible for the accident and detained by police, according to local authorities. Among those killed were a security guard, a staff member of a restaurant and a hotel guest. All of the people injured in the fire suffered carbon monoxide poisoning and were taken to a hospital. They are in stable condition, according to authorities.

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Stop work notice for Mumbai Metro – Mumbai Mirror

Three months after the collapse of a slab killed a worker and injured 16 others, work on the Airport Road metro station has come to a standstill, after the State Labour Department issued a ‘stop work’ order to the authorities for failure to comply with worker safety norms.

While the metro rail project is being undertaken by Mumbai Metro One Private Limited, construction at Andheri Kurla Road has been contracted to Hindustan Construction Company.

 Stop work notice for Mumbai Metro – Mumbai Mirror 

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