Building firm accident fine

A BUILDING company has been fined £1,500 with £1,320 in costs after a schoolboy on work experience fell 2.4 metres from a ladder in Sheffield.

The 15-year-old was one of two students completing a placement with Alan Fleischer Builders on a site in West Street, converting an upstairs restaurant into flats, last March.

During the Health and Safety Executive prosecution, Sheffield Magistrates’ Court heard that although the school’s work placement organisation had carried out a safety assessment on the building firm, it had not taken place on the site where the incident happened.

The student was working on the third floor, which was still under construction and only accessible by ladder. He fell as he climbed down the ladder with a bucket in his hand.

Initially he carried on working but began to feel ill and was taken home. He later went to hospital and, although he suffered bruising to his left side, he was discharged.

HSE said the work placement assessment allowed students to carry out general labouring duties but they were not expected to work at height.

After the incident, students were stopped from returning to the site and all future placements to the company were suspended.

Alan Fleischer Builders Ltd of Dinnington pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to ensure the safety of its employees.