Firm fined over worker fall

A building company has been fined after a demolition worker suffered serious injuries after falling from a platform in Kensington in London.

Ovidiu Dobra was working for Henry Construction Projects Limited at a building site on Kensington High Street when the incident happened on 2 March 2021.

Dobra was working on the ten-foot high platform when it collapsed. He sustained serious injuries to both legs which has left him with ongoing, long-term difficulties with movement, basic functions, and ability to work.

Dobra was working on the demolition of a building as part of the construction of a new commercial and residential building.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found Henry Construction Projects Ltd failed to take appropriate precautions to ensure the safety of persons working at height.

Henry Construction Projects Limited, of Church Road, Cranford, Hounslow, London, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. The company was fined £234,000 and ordered to pay £12,369 in costs at Westminster Magistrates Court on 16 May 2023.