Farm trader fined after worker sustained broken leg
A sole farm construction trader from Aberdeenshire has been fined £15,000 after one of his employees suffered a broken leg in a fall from height.
The 36-year-old, who erects farm buildings, was trading as RDM Engineering on November 20th 2008 when the worker fell three metres to the ground from a roof.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that guard-rails had not been installed and that other safety measures - such as putting up warning signs - had not been carried out.
At a Banff Sheriff Court hearing, the trader pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was hit with the five-figure fine.
"There is no excuse for leaving roofs under construction unguarded against falls," said HSE inspector Liz Standen.
"All employers carrying out work at height must ensure that the risks are fully assessed, the job is thoroughly planned and that suitable equipment is used."
Official HSE statistics indicate that ten people died and 1,423 were injured in construction-related workplace accidents in Scotland in 2008-09.
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