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Master Concrete fined over accident

Hounslow-based Master Concrete has been fined £10,000 after being found guilty of breaching health and safety legislation in relation to a fall which left a worker seriously injured.

The City of London Magistrates’ Court heard that Alfie Deville, 59, of Uxbridge, suffered a broken collarbone, six fractured ribs and a head wound requiring seven stitches after falling from a roof in April last year.

Deville was one of four men dismantling a steel frame building when he fell through a roof panel which he had previously unscrewed but not removed.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) concluded that Master Concrete had failed to properly plan the work and identify or address any hazards associated with the dismantling of the building. The men were also not trained for the work involved.

Master Concrete, which also ignored a subsequent prohibition notice to complete the work with untrained employees, was also ordered to pay costs of 18,923.25.

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