Fatal fall from unstable ladder leads to prosecution

Published:  01 February, 2010

BOLTON: DC Kennedy Homes has been fined £7500 after Ian Smith, 64, was killed when he fell from an unstable ladder.

Manchester Crown Court heard that Mr Smith was working on a project to build six new semi-detached houses in Dale Gardens, on Easedale Road in Bolton, on 19 December 2007 when he fell five metres to the ground.

HSE’s investigation found that DC Kennedy Homes had allowed work to be carried out on the first and second floors 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.

The prosecution is being highlighted ahead of the launch of HSE’s national Shattered Lives campaign on 1 February, which is urging companies to take simple steps to prevent serious injuries from slips, trips and falls.

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