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House builder fined £30,000 for worker's 30ft fall

2 Sep 10 A Welsh house builder and its director have been fined a total of £30,000 after a worker fell nearly 30 feet from scaffolding and was seriously injured.

A Welsh house builder and its director have been fined a total of £30,000 after a worker fell nearly 30 feet from scaffolding and was seriously injured.

Llandudno Magistrates’ Court heard that Nicholas Roberts, 28, of Rhyl, was working at a site in Llanfairfechan on 4 December 2007 when he stepped through a hole between scaffolding boards.

He fractured his pelvis in three places, broke several teeth and bruised his pelvis and groin.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found Roberts was carrying out work to replace a lintel at the apartments.

The HSE brought a prosecution against JBB Homes director James Burt, 29, of Conwy, and his company, Stockport-based JBB Homes.

Both pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the health and safety of their employees.

Magistrates fined Burt £10,000 and JBB £20,000. The company must also pay £10,835 costs.

JBB Homes went into administration in April 2009. Burt is now working for his own flooring company.

HSE Inspector Debbie John, said: “Falling from a height of around nine metres, Roberts was extremely lucky to survive. It’s incredible that he managed to walk away with broken bones.

“JBB Homes and James Burt failed in their duty to provide a safe system of work, including a lack of suitable means to prevent falls from the scaffolding. Burt also failed to properly supervise his staff.”

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