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Poole builders fined after scaffold fall

P O Sharps Landscapes has been sentenced after a carpenter was seriously injured when he fell three metres off scaffolding while working on a house extension.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reports that the working platform had no guardrails, and a ladder used to access the working platform above was positioned outward, forcing anybody using the ladder to stand backward at the unguarded edge. This resulted in Michael McCarthy, 60, falling three metres and fracturing his spine and ankles.

The company pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, and was fined £4,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,000.

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