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Firm fined after Solihull plumber broke his pelvis following health and safety failings

A SOLIHULL plumber broke his pelvis after falling four metres from a ladder while inspecting a gutter.

A SOLIHULL plumber broke his pelvis after falling four metres from a ladder while inspecting a gutter.

The 52-year-old, who has not been named, was working on a house in Jeliff Street, Coventry, on June 6, 2011. He spent four months in hospital as a result of the injury, but has since returned to work.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the base of the ladder wasn’t properly secured.

Last week, the Whitefriars Housing Group, a Coventry-based company, were fined £15,000 after admitting health and safety failings. The group was ordered to pay £5980 costs after the court heard that management of the work was “well below standard”.

Ed Fryer, a HSE inspector, said: “Falls from height are the biggest cause of death and injury in the workplace and it is vital to plan effectively. As this incident shows, you cannot leave it to chance when the consequences are so severe.”

 

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