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Worker seriously injured after 10 metre fall from platform

A worker suffered multiple injuries when an unsafe platform collapsed and he fell 10 metres on to a concrete staircase.

Noel Doyle, 32, from Hammersmith, suffered a shattered right elbow, broken vertebrae, fractured pelvis and ribs, and damage to internal organs in the incident at St George Wharf in Vauxhall.

St George South London Ltd (SGSL), the principal contractor for construction work at the site, was fined after an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) identified a number of failings.

Southwark Crown Court heard that on the day of the fall Mr Doyle was helping two colleagues, including a foreman, to raise a temporary work platform inside a concrete shaft to house a stairwell within a building under construction.

Of the three workers standing on the temporary structure at the time of its collapse, two managed to jump to safety but Mr Doyle was unable to do so. He fell into the shaft beneath with parts of the platform and equipment that had been stored on top raining down on him.

Mr Doyle required extensive treatment and physiotherapy, and has been left with limited movement in his right arm because of the elbow injury. He is no longer able to work in construction.

The HSE investigation identified that SGSL, as the principal contractor, had failed to properly plan and manage the construction work so as to avoid risks to safety. The company failed to ensure that their subcontractors had developed and implemented safe systems of work, particularly in relation to the management and use of temporary works.

St George South London Ltd, of St George House, The Boulevard, ImperialWharf, Fulham, was fined £50,000 and ordered to pay £27,386 in costs after pleading guilty to a breach of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007.

HSE Inspector Loraine Charles said: “In this case, St George South London Ltd concerned themselves more with the existence than the content of the subcontractor safety documents.

“Although they themselves carried out regular site safety inspections, all of these were superficial and failed to identify significant systemic failures.”

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