Two brothers have been fined after a contractor suffered serious brain injuries in an accident at one of their farms.
Andrew Evans and David Evans were found guilty of breaking safety legislation at Aberystwyth Magistrates Court.
The contractor, who does not wish to be identified, was installing a floor over a slurry lagoon in a new barn at Gwarllwyn Farm, near Llandysul with workman when the incident took place on 12 June 2012.
The court heard how the contractor was hired to create a cattle shed floor over an existing slurry lagoon.
But the floor panel he and a workman were standing on gave way while they were carrying out the task, sending them falling into the lagoon four metres below.
The contractor hit his head and suffered serious brain injuries. He was hospitalised for two months and is still undergoing rehabilitation. The workman, on the other hand, escaped without serious injury.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found the two farmers failed to make a crucial appointment of a construction and design co-ordinator who would have advised them on safely managing the project.
They also failed to provide any design or construction plans and there were no risk assessments or agreed safe system of work in place. No check was even carried out to see if the contractor was suitably competent to do the work.
Andrew Evans, of Gwarllwyn Farm, Rhydlewis, Llandysul and David Evans of Esgair Tangwst, Rhydlewis each pleaded guilty to two breaches of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations.
They were each fined a total of £9,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3,560.
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Source: Farmers Weekly