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Builder fined after worker blinded

Balsham (Buildings) Ltd has been fined £14,000 after an incident in which a worker was left blinded in one eye.

In March 2010, builder and fitter John Ingram, 55, fell to the ground while climbing down from a tower scaffold set up on top of a freight container at an environmental building refurbishment site in Newgate Street, Hertfordshire. he suffered severe head injuries that left him in a coma for several days.

The man from Lode, Cambridgeshire, also suffered fractures to his face and was unable to work for eight months in the wake of the incident. He has since returned, but is only able to work part-time.

Balsham admitted two breaches of health and safety laws before Watford magistrates. It was fined £14,000 in total for two breaches, one to the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and one to the Work At height Regulations 2005.

The firm was also ordered to pay £8,832 in costs by the court.

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