Simon Jones Restoration and Re-Design Ltd, based in East Kennett, Wiltshire, admitted breaching health and safety regulations after the collapse of a wall at a house near Devizes inflicted a broken pelvis, chipped teeth and ligament damage upon a 17 year old employee.
Another employee suffered cuts and bruises in the incident.
The firm was fined £4000 after a successful prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive, as well as being made to pay £3,000 costs and £1000 compensation to the teenager.
HSE inspector Mark Renouf told the BBC:
“This was a serious case which could easily have been fatal.
“The job was complex with a substantial element of temporary works. It needed to be carefully and meticulously planned with the involvement of a competent engineer.
“Unfortunately this was not done and as a result led to terrible consequences.”
Source: BBC News
Date Published: October 5, 2010
Author: David Brown