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Strata Homes fined £30k for injured worker

Doncaster based developer Strata Homes has been fined £30,000 after a worker was left paralysed when he was crushed by a 660 pound steel beam.

Anton Burrows, 24, from Dewsbury was working as part of a bricklaying team sub-contracted to Strata Homes at its Suede Development in Oxley Road, Huddersfield on 7 April 2009 when the falling beam left him paralysed from the chest down.

He was helping the driver of a forklift truck lift a steel beam onto two brick pillars. The beam initially landed as intended, but as the forklift withdrew the forks caught the beam, dislodging it from the pillars. Mr Burrows walked into the area as this happen and the beam crashed down on top of him.

He suffered extensive injuries, including spinal damage, which resulted in him being left quadriplegic.

The Health and Safety Executive prosecuted Strata Homes Yorkshire Ltd, of Quay Point, Lakeside, Doncaster for its role in the incident. The company pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 8 of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 and was fined £30,000 and ordered to pay £16,062 in costs.

HSE Inspector Alasdair Green said: “The terrible injuries sustained in this incident have changed the way of life for Mr Burrows and his family forever.”

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