Fined after work fall

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A WORKMAN suffered serious injuries when he fell more than four metres in an accident on a Wearside building site.

Fifty-four-year-old Kevin Clark spent two weeks in hospital with several crushed vertebrae in his spine and a fractured left foot after the incident in the grounds of the Old Vicarage, off Knaresborough Road, Murton, in May 2009.

Now Tyneside-based Ian Allan Building Contractors Ltd has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Consett Magistrates’ Court heard Mr Clark, from Swalwell, was working on a new building when the scaffolding platform he was on became dislodged.

An HSE investigation revealed the company had failed to control alterations to the scaffolding, failed to conduct inspections of the scaffold at least every seven days, failed to identify and correct unsafe alterations and allowed workers to use unsafe scaffolding.

The firm pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £1,500 and ordered to pay costs of £1,500.