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Fine for Bridgford Interiors Ltd

05/09/11: An interior design company, based in Staffordshire, has received fines following two men being injured on their premises, whilst carrying out refurbishments at a TK Maxx store in Hounslow.

A total of three men had been filling an opening in the first floor using concrete, due to the removal of stairs and an escalator.

It was heard at the Old Bailey that on 21st September 2006, that upon beginning to pour concrete in the space, the temporary support for the underside of the decking fell, causing the men to fall 5 metres to the ground below them.

Whilst all the men were taken to hospital, luckily one of them remained unhurt, with the other two sustaining a dislocated shoulder, and the other a fractured pelvis and elbow.

Bridgford Interiors Limited, within Fradley Park, Lichfield, have pleaded guilty to being in breach of section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. They have been fined £25,000, and charged costs of £23,392.

Viv Neaverson, the HSE Inspector told how the case is due to the failings of Bridgford as a company, due to ignoring their duty as the responsible party for the temporary work. Although they had employed a company specialising in structural engineering to sort the permanent works, there was no temporary engineer, and thus the responsibility lies with the company itself.