A Pembrokeshire building firm has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after an employee suffered serious personal injury in a fall from height accident.
Thirty one year old Karl Kraus, of Pembroke Dock, was working for building firm Preseli Construction & Maintenance Ltd, on the development of a three-storey domestic property in Saundersfoot, when he fell from a balcony and plummeted almost seven metres to the unforgiving ground below.
Mr. Kraus was hospitalised at the Morriston Hospital in Swansea for six days, while he underwent surgery to pin together his left heel, he then spent a further ten months in plaster and will require further surgery in the future.
His injuries were so severe that they have effectively ended his career in the construction industry.
An investigation by the HSE revealed that the three-storey building was being constructed without adequate scaffolding, or any form of fall prevention safety equipment.
Preseli Construction & Maintenance Ltd, of Eastern Avenue, Pembroke Dock, was fined £12,000 and ordered to pay court costs totalling £2,376.25 after admitting a breach of the Work at Height Regulations, following a successful prosecution by the HSE at Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court.
Mr Christopher Newell a director at the company was also fined £4,000, with court costs of £2,376.25 after he admitted a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act.