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Company fined after joiner injured

11 July 2016

A construction company in Northumberland has been fined after a joiner fell approximately four metres suffering injury.

Northumberland Magistrates’ Court heard how a joiner was working under the control of the principal contractor, Oakland Homes (North East) Limited on a new property development at Whalton, Northumberland.

The court heard scaffolding on site had been altered by workers not trained to do so, leaving it without adequate edge protection to prevent a person falling a distance liable to cause personal injury.

The joiner was undertaking an unplanned activity to fit a weather vane to a roof when he fell backwards from the scaffold to the uneven ground below, suffering a fractured vertebra and a large cut to the back of his head.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident which occurred on 4 August 2015 found that Oakland Homes (North East) Limited failed to plan, manage and monitor the installation of the weather vane.

Oakland Homes (North East) Limited of Hillside West, Rothbury, Northumberland pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 13(1) the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, and was fined £50,000 and ordered to pay costs of £800.

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