Coroner hears how builder fell to his death on Lancs building site

It has been reported by the Lancashire Telegraph that an inquest has heard how a builder fell to his death while working on a “site which had no safety regulations in place”.

Father-of-two Ivars Bahamis suffered fatal head injuries when he fell some 10m from a platform at a former Blackburn mill. The Blackburn Coroner heard Mr Bahamis used a scissor lift when he fell from the platform and was pronounced dead at the scene. It was unclear what caused him to fall.

HSE is said to be “now set to consider the verdict when deciding whether to take any further action against the contractor Tameem Shafi”. Reading out the jury’s judgement, coroner Michael Singleton said:

“Ivars Bahamis fell from the mill roof while working onto the mill floor and to his death. He was working without any risk assessment, method statements, safety equipment or safe method of working.”

Summing up Mr Singleton said there were two possible explanations as to how My Bahamis fell. He said:

“The one thing that everybody is agreed upon is that the support legs on the scissor lift were engaged. In which case, there was no limit as to how high the platform could go and it is highly illogical that if you could take the platform higher, you would then choose to get greater elevation by standing on the rail.

That being the case, it seems to me that essentially there are only two explanations – that Mr Bahamis is stood on top of the wall and it is from that he falls or he is trying to go from the scissor lift itself onto the wall or the other way around.”

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