DC Kennedy Homes has been fined a total of £7500 after Mr Ian Smith, aged 64 years old, was tragically killed when he fell from an unstable ladder.
Manchester Crown Court heard that Mr Ian Smith was working on a project which consisted of building six new semi-detached houses in Dale Gardens, on Easedale Road in Bolton. On the 19th December 2007 Mr Ian Smith tragically fell five metres to the ground from an unstable ladder.
HSE’s investigation found that DC Kennedy Homes had allowed work to be carried out on the first floor and the second floor of the house, before the stairs had been fitted. The ladder which was used to reach the second floor had not been secured and was missing its rubber feet, therefore making it unstable.
The prosecution is being highlighted ahead of the launch of HSE’s national Shattered Lives campaign on the 1st February 2009. The Shattered Lives campaign has been set out in order to urge companies to take easy simple steps to prevent serious injuries which occur from slips, trips and falls.
Here at Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire we are well aware that a safe work environment is essential. At Greengates we like to ensure that our employees work in a safe environment at all times and they are not put at risk. We also like to ensure that our customers are safe if they come on to the premises.