Firm fined after man hurt in fall
A BUILDING firm has been fined after a man fell from the second floor of a partially-built house.
The 53-year-old, from Oldham, suffered brain damage and serious spinal injuries in the fall on Fredrick Street, Coppice, in September 2013.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which took Global Constructions (Northwest) Ltd to court, says he will need health and home care for the rest of his life.
The company, on Alexandra Road, Glodwick, was prosecuted by the HSE after an investigation into the incident.
Bosses pleaded guilty to two breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act.
The company was fined £50,000 with £8,595 costs at Manchester Crown Court.
The court heard that the firm was building 12 houses. A friend of one of the workers came on to the site but fell through a sheet of plywood after climbing up two ladders inside one of the unfinished houses.
The fall sent him crashing on to a concrete floor below.
HSE inspector Grayam Barnes said after the case: “A site visitor has suffered devastating injuries that will affect him for the rest of his life because working practices were fundamentally unsafe.”