A man from County Durham has been fined GBP 1,000 following an accident at work.
Sohail Hussain, 40, trading as Haris Signs, based at Seaham, was repairing a sign over eight metres from the ground at the Metro Inn, Stockton, on November 19th 2009 when the incident occurred.
He and the other man had erected a scaffolding platform but it was unstable and gave way in the high winds blowing that day, causing both men to fall onto the car park below.
"Not only was the scaffold unstable due to its height to base ratio, but it also did not include anything to prevent workers falling from its edge, such as guard rails," explained Health and Safety Executive inspector Jonathan Wills.
Between them, the two men suffered knee injuries, a fractured right wrist and a dislocated elbow.
Back in April, AB Waste Management Ltd was fined GBP 12,000 after one of its employees was involved in a near fatal fall.
Posted by Trevor Baker