South West Wales

Evans Brothers Builders fined after plumber's fall

A Carmarthenshire building firm has been fined after a worker was seriously hurt in a scaffolding fall, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) says.

The 64-year-old plumber fell 3m (9ft 10in) at an outdoor activities centre near Llandeilo in March.

He now requires morphine for back pain and has been unable to return to work.

Evans Brothers Builders Ltd from Cross Hands was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £3,685 in costs at Carmarthen magistrates court.

Magistrates heard the company had removed scaffolding from an accommodation block which was being refurbished.

It had then given the plumber from Llandovery, who asked not to be named, a scaffolding tower which was in an allegedly dangerous condition.

He fell while fixing a waste pipe to the building.

The company admitted a breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 by failing to ensure the work was properly planned, appropriately supervised and carried out safely.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Anne Marie Orrells said the worker "could easily have been killed".

"The scaffolding tower and unsecured ladder it provided was clearly not fit for use and the moment the worker attempted to climb it, his life was put in danger," she said.

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