Carillion has been fined £40,000 after a worker suffered a broken femur, 11 broken ribs and a bruised lung in a fall at the Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station in Nottinghamshire.
The incident occurred in October 2007, when a temporary industrial cleaner working for Carillion’s FM arm at the E.On UK power station was asked to clean ducting that supplied air to the boilers.
Nottingham Magistrates’ Court heard the two ducts were separated by a gap, but neither duct had edge protection and there was a drop of 6.5m to the grating below.
The Health and Safety Executive argued the cleaner had been given a harness and instructions, but was not provided with any training on how to use it.
The court was told the worker unclipped himself from the girder the harness was secured to, but then fell between the gap. He suffered a broken femur, 11 broken ribs, a bruised lung and two cuts to his head that required stitches.
HSE inspector Sian Tiernan said: “These shattering injuries can be avoided by sensible and proportionate management of the risks, but sadly that was not done in this case and that lack of action has resulted in a man being unable to work.”
In addition to the fine, Carillion was ordered to pay £8,300 in costs. The company had pleaded guilty to two breaches of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.