Firms fined £30,000 after worker fell from unguarded scaffolding

Two firms have been fined more than £30,000 after a labourer suffered multiple injuries in a fall from unguarded scaffolding.

56-year-old Stephen Keegan from Frome in Somerset was a temporary employee of Julian Chard Carpentry Ltd.

The company was sub-contracted by C J Deighton & Co Ltd to build timber frames for properties in Trowbridge, Wiltshire last March.

A court heard that Mr Keegan fell two metres from an unguarded section of scaffolding.He suffered a fractured knee and wrist, broken collarbone, perforated ear drum.

Both were found guilty of breaching construction regulations. Julian Chard Carpentry was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £3,121 in costs. C J Deighton & Co was fined £15,000 and ordered to pay £3,122 in costs.

CJ Deighton has gone in liquidation and Julian Chard Carpentry has now ceased trading.

This was a serious incident which could easily have been prevented. Mr Keegan has undergone several operations since his fall and is unlikely to get full mobility in his shoulder, knee or wrist. This was only a temporary job for Mr Keegan and, as a self-employed painter and decorator, his injuries meant that he could not work at all for six months and they will severely hamper his future ability to work.

– Helena Tinton, Health and Safety Executive inspector