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Two firms fined for Bristol scaffold tube head injury

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Two firms have been fined at Bristol Crown Court after a Bristol man suffered severe head injuries when a scaffolding tube fell on him from 15 stories, reports the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

An HSE investigation following the incident found that both Hoistway Ltd and the main building contractor on site, Miller Construction (UK) Ltd, had failed to ensure that a safe system of working was in place for the installation of lifts on the site.

Hoistway Ltd, based in Martock, Somerset, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £70,000 with £14,616 costs. Miller Construction (UK) Ltd, based in Edinburgh, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the same Act and was fined £40,000 plus £17,232 costs.

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