Fall from height: BT found guilty

The case, tried at The Old Bailey, heard how a BT engineer was working in the loft space of a residential block in East London. The engineer lost balance and fell 7 metres through the ceiling onto a concrete stairwell.

The HSE‘s ensuing investigation demonstrated the failure of BT to plan work adequately near fragile surfaces. In addition, the highlighted BT’s failure to ensure work was carried out safely. HSE inspector, Kevin Smith stated:

“There were a number of failures of health and safety management by BT which related to planning the work, supervision, and checking it was being carried out safely. Work at height needs to be properly planned, and this incident could have been prevented.”

As such, BT was found guilty of a breach of Section 2(1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and order to pay the fine plus cost of almost £100,000.


A fall from height accounted for nearly 3 in 10 fatal injuries to workers in 2014/15. As such, they continue to be one of the main reasons for workplace accidents. Make sure your company doesn’t fall foul of current legislation putting your workers and operatives as risk. Why not speak to Premsafe to see how we can help advise you on your fall protection requirements?