Wiltshire

Firm fined after builders injured in wall collapse

A Wiltshire construction company has been fined after a builder was badly hurt and another suffered minor injuries in a wall collapse.

The 17-year-old and another worker were refurbishing a house at Chirton, near Devizes, when it happened last year.

Simon Jones Restoration and Re-design Limited admitted health and safety breaches at Chippenham Magistrates' Court on Monday.

The firm was fined £4,000 and ordered to pay £3,000 costs.

The company, based in Fox Twitchen, East Kennett, was also ordered to pay £1,000 compensation to the teenager, who suffered a fractured pelvis, ligament damage to his ankle and chipped teeth.

'Terrible consequences'

The prosecution was brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The organisation said the other employee suffered cuts and bruises in the incident on 24 August 2009.

HSE inspector Mark Renouf said: "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."

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