Posts from October 2018

A company was sentenced today after a worker fell from a ladder sustaining a fracture to his lower leg. 
The operative was attempting to install a first-floor rear bedroom window at a property, when the ladder he was climbing slipped on the surface. The ladder was not footed or tied, and the operative fell from a height of over three metres, sustaining a broken knee cap which required surgery. 
A roofing contractor was sentenced today for safety breaches after a worker suffered numerous fractures following a fall through a fragile roof. 
Shane Wilkinson, 33, was employed as a grounds worker at the Conquest Homes building site in Collyweston when he died on September 4, 2014. 
 
The court heard how Wilkinson had been standing next to a deep trench that had been incorrectly excavated by trench digger-driver Wortley. 
 
When an unsecured trench wall collapsed, Wilkinson was completely buried underneath the rubble. Despite the best efforts of fellow workers, he was pronounced dead at the scene after his body was recovered. 
 
Site manager and director of Conquest Homes, Winterton,52, of Collyweston was convicted of gross negligence manslaughter. 
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