A Cornish building company has been fined, after a member of the public plummeted over four metres down an unguarded excavation.
The thirty one year old man, who has asked not to be named, was visiting a friend in Port Talbot when he plunged down the hole, which had been dug at a neighbouring property as part of a major renovation project.
The unnamed male suffered serious injury in the fall, including a burst eardrum, injuries to his spine and a fractured skull.
An investigation by the Governments Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that building firm HML Builders Ltd, of Wadebridge, had failed to install any edge protection around the deep pit, despite the fact that the excavation ran adjacent to a neighbouring foot path.
HML Builders Ltd, of Bess Park Road, in Wadebridge, was fined £12,000 with a total of £3,793 in court costs, after admitting a breach of health and safety regulations, following a successful prosecution by the HSE at Bodmin Magistrates’ Court.
A HSE inspector, speaking after the court hearing, stated that HML had not only put the lives of their employees at risk but also those of the general public.