Employee suffers head injury after fall at work

Stewart Alazia, 51, fractured his left cheekbone and skull and suffered bleeding to his brain after falling off a temporary scaffolding platform in Kensington.  Mr Alazia was working to dismantle boards and other equipment on a temporary platform which was in place between two scaffolding towers.  Whilst he was working he lost his balance and fell to the ground, hitting his head and losing consciousness.

As a result of the incident Mr Alazia now suffers from headaches, blackouts and depression.  He requires regular assessment at a specialist brain injury clinic and may need treatment for his injuries for the rest of his life.

Mr Alazia’s employer was fined £12,000 after an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found that there was nothing in place to prevent or mitigate the fall, such as edge protection.  HSE found that had such measures been in place the fall could have been prevented.  The failure to provide such measures was found to breach the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

HSE Inspector Jack Wilby said after the hearing, “Mr Alazia sustained a significant head injury in the fall but it could easily have been much worse.  His continued suffering some two years on is another powerful reminder of why work at height has to be properly planned, managed and supervised, with sufficient measures in place to prevent falls.  Guidance is readily available on what provisions should be in place, and it was clear from our investigation that the company could and should have done more to protect their worker.”

Melanie Lidstone-Land, Associate and Personal Injury Specialist at Swain & Co Solicitors LLP says, “This incident is a timely reminder to employers that workers safety should be paramount.  It is vital that health and safety regulations are followed to prevent incidents such as this from occurring.”