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HSE V Savill Fabrications Limited: Plan safe and stop falls from height

HSE InfoLine : 03 December, 2004  (Company News)
Savill Fabrications Limited was fined
Savill Fabrications Limited was fined 4,000 at City of London Magistrates on 2 December 2004 following an HSE prosecution for a breach of health and safety law. The prosecution followed an HSE investigation into an incident on 25 May 2001 when Savill's employee Mr Robert Totham suffered serious injuries following a fall from height at a construction site at Kew Riverside, Surrey.

HSE Inspector Alec Ferguson, who led the investigation said:
'The investigation of this incident revealed that a fairly routine construction activity - the placing of steel beams for the support of concrete floors, was being undertaken without either suitable supervision, or the workers being made aware of how to carry out such work safely. Falls from height are the biggest cause of death and injury in the construction industry. The risks are obvious and well known and inspectors from HSE's Construction Division expect companies to take adequate measures to either eliminate or control those risks.'

Savill Fabrications Limited, of 2 Milton Avenue, Croydon, Surrey CR0 2BP, pleaded guilty to a single charge of breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined 4,000 and ordered to pay costs to HSE of 10,000 at City of London Magistrates' Court on Thursday, 2 December 2004.
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