A plumber suffered serious injuries in a fall during refurbishment work at an outdoor activities centre in Carmarthenshire.
The 64 year old plumber – who has not been named – was undertaking work on the accommodation premises of the outdoor activities centre when the accident happened. He was fitting waste pipes on the outside of the building and had been given a scaffolding tower to perform this task.
However, the scaffolding tower did not have guardrails to help prevent falls and no internal ladder access. This meant that he was required to access the scaffolding by using an unsecured ladder leant against the tower.
The plumber fell a height of 3 metres whilst doing the work and suffered severe injuries. He was knocked unconscious in the impact from the fall and suffered from a bleed to the brain. He also fractured his cheek and suffered a back injury that has kept him off work since.
A prosecution for breaking work at height regulations was brought against the principal contractor of the site – Evans Brothers Builders Ltd – by the Health and Safety Executive. The firm pleaded guilty at Carmarthen Magistrates’ Court yesterday and were fined £5,000.