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Louth man fined after joiner injured in scaffold fall

A man from Louth has been fined after a joiner broke his leg falling from scaffolding in the town.

Self-employed Mario Mazzarella was working on scaffolding built for him by Panther Scaffolding at the Helal Restaurant on Mercer Row in Louth on 9 November 2009, when a bus collided with the structure that had been built out over the road, causing him to fall more than four metres to the ground. Passengers on the bus were unharmed.

Andrew Mark Judge, trading as Panther Scaffolding, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for failing to ensure that the workers, who erected the scaffolding the day before, worked in a safe way and that the finished scaffolding was a safe structure for its user and vehicles moving through the town.

Mr Judge, 44, of Old Main Road, Scamblesby, Louth, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1)(c) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, and Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 at Skegness Magistrates’ Court on 19 October. He was fined £15,000 and ordered to pay £3,739 costs.

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