Contractor fined for causing head injuries

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I discovered today that Malcolm Ely, one of the principle contractors pleaded guilty to breaching section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, at Portsmouth Crown Court.

However he has only fined £2,250 and ordered to pay costs of £1,000 despite the HSE investigation finding that the number of clips used to hold the floor panels in place was fewer than that recommended by British Standards on walkways and stair treads, and that there was no other means of preventing the panels from moving sideways.   The judge also said that Mr Ely was not competent to provide a design and build service to Bembridge Marine, his incompetence contributed to Kevin's accident.
 
After the hearing HSE Inspector Tracey Cartwright said:  "This incident has left Mr Cleightonhills with life-changing injuries. "As the design and build contractor for this project Mr Ely should have ensured effective co-ordination and communication by all those involved in this project. "
 
Knowing first hand how Kevin and his family have been affected by his accident, a fine of only £2,250 seems a very derisory sum.

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