02 October 2007
Man seriously injured after building collapse
A Liverpool company has been fined after an incident in which a groundwork labourer was seriously injured.
Carl Bold had been working on a construction site at Ivanhoe Road in Aigburth when a three-storey extension to a Victorian terrace property collapsed, trapping him underneath.
He suffered severe spinal injuries as a result of the accident and has since been confined to a wheelchair.
Urbisity, a newly-formed property development company, was made to pay £40,000 after a judge at Liverpool Crown Court found it guilty of health and safety breaches.
Health and Safety inspector Robert Hodkinson commented: "Those carrying out refurbishment work should ensure that a full structural survey of any property is conducted and that they obtain relevant advice from competent engineers to ensure that safe systems of work can be implemented."
At the time of the incident, Urbisity has been converting two properties with rear extensions into eight apartments.