13 May 2008
Companies made to pay after accident at work leads to serious injury
Two firms have been hit with fines following an incident in which a worker sustained serious injuries.
Trak Build and Midland Steel Structures were both ordered to pay £10,000 plus costs of £8,278.92 during a hearing at Aylesbury magistrates' court during which they were found guilty of breaching health and safety laws.
The accident occurred in October 2006 when a member of staff fell down a concrete staircase while it was being installed.
As a result, he suffered massive head injuries and remains in hospital.
Commenting on the incident, Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Trevor Tollervey said: "This is a very tragic case. The worker suffered extremely serious injuries that will affect him and his family for the rest of his life."
According to statistics cited by the HSE, six million working days were lost in the UK last year as a result of workplace injuries.