Painter paralysed when he fell from a ladder

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A painting and decorating boss has been sentenced after a painter was paralysed when he fell from a ladder.

The employee of Ian Ramsay was installing the ladder on a pitched roof at a property in Mawsley, Northamptonshire in August 2018. He was paralysed from the chest down in the incident, Wellingborough Magistrates’ Court was told.

The homeowners had hired Mr Ramsay to paint exterior windows, soffit boards and dormer windows. The worker was setting up ladders to access the dormers when he fell.

 An HSE investigation found that the incident could have been prevented if the work at height hierarchy had been followed and appropriate equipment provided, such as compliant scaffolding. 

The risk assessment should have identified that the work was not of short duration and that the use of ladders was inappropriate.

Ian Ramsay of Padmans Close, Mawsley, Northamptonshire, admitted breaching Health and Safety regulations. He was given a 12-month community order, 160 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay costs of £2,124.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Rachel Grant said: “Employers and those in control of any work at height activity must make sure work is properly planned, supervised and carried out by competent people.”

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