Airport safety fears after fatal fall

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Airport safety fears after fatal fall

19th April 2010

Concerns over airport worker safety have been raised again in the week that a company was fined after a builder died falling through the roof of an aircraft hangar.

According to the Health & Safety Executive, the worker fell approximately 30 feet onto a concrete floor as he dismantled the hangar roof at Bristol International Airport in December 2006. He had previously cut through the tarpaulin roof but as he went to climb back onto a mobile work platform, he fell through the section he had cut away. The builder died at the scene from multiple internal injuries.

Rubb Buildings Limited of Gateshead has been fined more than £100,000 for failing to ensure that protective measures were in place during the routine work.

Karl Tonks, an accident at work specialist at Fentons Solicitors, said the tragedy was another example of an avoidable accident.

"The employee in this case should have been provided with the correct protective equipment," said Karl, a partner at the firm. "However, from the HSE report it seems that the company involved failed to ensure that the means of working had been sufficiently planned and supervised.

"The dangers of working at height cannot be understated, the risk is extremely serious and proper safety measures should always be in place to prevent tragic accidents such as this," he said.

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Source - HSE