News Father And Son Fall Leads £12k Pay Out

A Wolverhampton building company has been made to pay nearly £12,000 after poorly planned refurbishment work led to a father and son pair of bricklayers falling through two floors.

The unnamed pair had been refurbishing the former shop building on the High Street in Bilston for Clark Brothers at in June last year.

Wolverhampton Magistrates’ Court heard that they were block-laying when the second floor they were working on suddenly gave way.

The weight of the collapsing floor and block work was such that it smashed through the first floor beneath, and sent them crashing to the ground floor, leaving the father buried under rubble. The son had to pull him free before both were taken to hospital for treatment.

Fortunately they were discharged later the same day with relatively minor injuries. But the collapse meant a section of the High Street had to be closed until a building control team had declared the structure safe.
An HSE investigation found that Clark Brothers did not properly plan and supervise the work, and, failed to take suitable measures to protect those that may have been affected by the work.

The company, which pleaded guilty, was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £1,844 in costs.

HSE inspector Paul Cooper said: “Nobody at the company had any refurbishment experience and no proper health and safety related training. Their failure to manage this project placed workers and the public at serious risk.”

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