Construction company Frank Rogers has been fined after a bricklayer fell through uncovered floor joists, lost conciousness and broke his back.
The unnamed Southport man was working on a Widnes cornershop refurbishment and the development of four residences when the incident occurred, which resulted in him dropping three metres.
It was revealed that workers did not have access to an internal staircase and had to climb up scaffolding and through a window or up a ladder to access the first floor.
Warrington Magistrates’ Court heard the bricklayer stumbled as he passed though the window, which resulted in him falling through the exposed joists.
Frank Rogers admitted breaching Work at Height regulations and was fined £13,500, with costs of £7.509.
“If the company had taken simple safety measures, such as covering the joists with wooden boards, then lives would not have been put at risk,” HSE inspector Dr Tom Baldwin pointed out.
Recently, W Pocock and Sons was fined at Reading Magistrates Court after a decorator leant on an inadequate guard rail and fell through it.