A Wiltshire construction company has been prosecuted after a teenager was seriously injured in a wall collapse.
Marlborough-based Simon Jones Restoration and Re-design pleaded guilty to health and safety breaches at Chippenham Magistrates Court on 4 October.
The prosecution was brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) which investigated the incident which took place on 24 August 2009.
Two employees were carrying out refurbishment work to a large domestic property in Chirton, Devizes, which had been in a poor condition for a number of years. They were creating an opening in a lime mortar gable end wall when the wall collapsed, injuring both workers.
The seriously-hurt teenager, who does not want to be named, was aged 17 at the time of the incident. He suffered a fractured pelvis, ligament damage to his ankle and chipped teeth.
Mark Renouf, HSE inspector, 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.”
The company pleaded guilty to breaching section 28(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 and was fined £4,000, with £3,000 costs, and ordered to pay £1,000 compensation to the injured teenager.