Powys developer fined after serious injury
Posted: January 29, 2013
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Caernarfon Crown Court heard that Andrew Wilding and his colleague were using pneumatic drills to break up an unsupported concrete floor on the first storey of a former hospital outbuilding being converted into residential accommodation.
During the breaking work, the floor split and both men fell through to the ground below. A section of the broken floor slab fell on Mr Wilding, causing life-threatening internal injuries.
After the hearing, HSE inspector Chris Wilcox said:
“People carrying out building refurbishment must ensure that structural work is properly planned and advice sought from a competent person, for example a structural engineer, at an early stage.
“The consequences in failing to recognise the risks inherent in this type of work can be significant. This was a major incident that could easily have been fatal.”
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