Building firm fined after work injury

A Scottish company has been fined GBP 3,000 after an employee fell ten feet from a roof.

Forres-based Highland Timber Buildings was fined for a work accident in which two joiners and another employee had been working to put a roof on a cattle shed at Whitefolds Farm, Tomnavoulin.

They were securing the roof when one of the men – Jamie Davidson – slipped ten feet, breaking his leg.

William Petrie, who owns the company, admitted health and safety breaches by failing to provide scaffolding and guard rails to prevent such injuries, the Press & Journal reports.

Speaking of the injury at Elgin Sherriff Court, fiscale depute Shona Duncan said: "There was irreparable damage done which resulted in bone being transplanted."

Despite not being able to work due to his injuries, the court heard Mr Davidson is still employed by the company.

Figures from the Health & Safety Executive released this week show Scotland has the worst record for workplace fatalities.

In the 2008/9 year, there were 26 fatal injuries in Scotland alone, with Yorkshire and the Humber next in line with 24 fatalities.ADNFCR-2070-ID-19237546-ADNFCR

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