Jair Morales was installing plywood boards covering holes on the third floor of the building when he fell 3.95m to the floor. He suffered fractures to his pelvis and his arm and has been unable to work since the incident.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Kier failed to ensure the work was properly planned and carried out in a safe manner, with no steps taken to prevent him falling through the opening as he installed the plywood boards.
Kier Construction Limited of Tempsford Hall, Bedfordshire pleaded guilty to breaching section 4 (1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 at Westminster Magistrates’ Court. As well as the £400,000 fine he was also ordered to pay costs of £1,534.
HSE inspector Owen Rowley said: “This incident could have been a lot worse. The system that Kier Construction Ltd has in place to control the risk from installing the protection for openings was not implemented on site, ultimately resulting in the accident.
“The risks of working at height are widely recognised throughout the construction industry. This case highlights the importance of ensuring that all work at height is properly planned and carried out safely.”