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Man Struck by Concrete Slab after Fall

A man was injured by a falling concrete slab after he fell in an accident on a building site.

Andrew Wilding was a contractor working on a building site in Caesws, Wales, when the accident happened in May 2008. He was working on the conversion of a hospital outbuilding into residential accommodation.

Mr Wilding and a colleague were working on the first floor of the building. They were stood on the unsupported concrete floor, using pneumatic drills to break it up. However, as they were doing this, the floor split and the two men fell to the floor below.

When Mr Wilding landed on the ground, a slab of concrete falling from the floor above landed on top of him. This caused him to suffer serious internal injuries.

After deeming that the work had not been properly planned, the Health and Safety Executive brought a prosecution against Gruffydd Charles Beynon-Thomas (trading as Plas Maldwyn Developments), who had employed the contractors. A guilty plea at Caernarfon Crown Court last week resulted in a fine of £7,500 being issued.

The fine was awarded due to Gruffydd Charles Beynon-Thomas breaking the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

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