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Balfour Beatty fined £230k after fall

Balfour Beatty has been fined £230,000 after a worker fractured his foot following the collapse of a floor at a housebuilding development.

A bricklayer working on site at the Richmond Park development in Sheffield fell 2.4 m to the ground after the first floor he was working on gave way.

Approximately 70 building blocks fell through the floor and the worker fractured several bones in his foot.

The incident, which happened on 2 March 2015, was investigated by the Health and Safety Executive, which found the supporting joists of the first floor had not been fully installed.

Balfour Beatty Regional Construction, of Wilton Road, London, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 28 (1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 and was fined £230,000 and ordered to pay costs of £11,915.

HSE inspector Alan Sheldon said the accident could have been “much more serious for a number of workers”.

He added: “This incident… should act as a reminder to everyone in construction that protecting workers’ health and safety is vital.”

A spokesperson for Balfour Beatty said: “Balfour Beatty has expressed its sincere regret to Mr Thomas Moate who was injured in this incident.

”The safety of the public and our workforce is always our primary concern. Balfour Beatty has since taken appropriate corrective action to take the lessons learnt from this incident and share them and improvements across our business.”

The contractor was last year fined £2.6m after a worker was killed on an offshire windfarm in Lancashire.

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