A former demolition boss has been fined and may face an injury compensation claim after an employee broke his back in a work injury.
Tim Philpott of Philpott Demolition and Recycling, Norwich, has been fined GBP 7,500 after Gediminas Vasiliauskas fell through the roof he was working on at a former aircraft hangar.
The worker broke his spine in the fall, requiring a metal disk to be inserted into his back and was unable to work for a year following the incident, also losing his sense of taste and smell.
"Mr Vasiliauskas was lucky to survive this incident, which could have been avoided if his employer had taken precautions to ensure his employee’s safety," commented Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Nicola Surrey.
Fatal work injuries are on the decline in the south-east, according to HSE statistics, though the authority has warned that occurrences of major injuries are on the rise.