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Carmarthenshire employer fined for worker fall

16th November 2011 | Warning Signs

Health and safety signs customers have been told that a Carmarthenshire businessman has been fined for a fall sustained by an employee.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reported that Anthony William John Daniel, of Towy Valley Fabrications, faced prosecution following the accident at a farm near Llandeilo in April of this year.

Daniel Elliot had been employed by Mr Daniel to help erect a pitched roof across existing structures on the farm.

However, Mr Elliot fell through a PVC skylight to the ground, with the 5.5m drop, breaking two bones in his back, fracturing his pelvis, injuring his arm and requiring him to have stitches. As a result, Mr Elliot has had to change careers.

Mr Daniel pleaded guilty to breaching the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurences legislation by failing to notify the HSE of the incident in an appearance at Ammanford Magistrates' Court. He also admitted breaching the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

HSE inspector Phil Nicolle said: "There is no room for complacency when undertaking work at height in the construction industry. The risks are well known."

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