Edinburgh Sheriff Court has fined a firm based in Belper, Derbyshire £6,600 after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulation 2005.
An investigation held by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) highlighted health and safety failings. The HSE told the court that the construction company had sub-contracted some work during the building of a retail outlet in Edinburgh.
The court heard that the contractor was tasked with pouring concrete onto the floor of the building. During this time, an employee was walking across the area when he tripped and fell, dislodging an unsecured board which had been placed over a void.
The worker fell approximately 4.5 metres and sustained serious back and foot injuries. His injuries have left him with continued pain.
The HSE reported that the company had not made adequate measures to secure boards across the void to prevent falls.
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