A firm has been fined £10,000 after an incident in which overlooked safety procedures resulted in an employee breaking his back.
James Thompson, who traded as James Thompson Carpentry and Building, was also ordered to pay costs of £7,000 after it was revealed by the Health and Safety Executive that a number of measures could have been taken to prevent the incident.
The tarpaulin had been put in place to provide the ground floor of the flat with weather protection. The worker was removing this when the tarpaulin snagged. The man stepped on some insulating board that had been laid across the skylight, which gave way under his weight. He fell over 3m to the concrete floor below.
Thompson, of Onslow Gardens, Wallington, Surrey, pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety regulations at the Old Bailey.