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Builder Fined After Worker Suffers Life Changing Injury

A builder based in Wedmore has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for safety failings following an accident at work that resulted in a worker suffering life changing injuries.

Accident at work incident

An employee of N C Tucker Limited was carrying out roofing work when he fell five meters through a fragile roof light, suffering a fractured spine, brain injury, as well as several broken ribs. Bristol Crown Court heard how the 25 year old had only worked for the firm for four weeks when the accident at work occurred in August 2014. The court also heard that this was the worker’s first ever roofing job.

Sentencing and fines

N C Tucker Limited, of The Cottage, Guildhall Lane, Wedmore pleaded guilty to an offence under Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The company was fined a total of £26,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3,738.

HSE Inspector Sue Adsett said after the hearing:

“The young man who fell has had life changing injuries which have severely affected him and his family. The use of nets to protect against falls through fragile roof lights is well- established in the industry, if nets had been in place this accident would have been prevented”

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

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