Wirral-based contractor Property People has been fined £127,000 after a builder was paralysed in a fall.
Employee Harold Roach fell more than 3m through roof joists at a refurbishment site on Gertrude Street, in Birkenhead, while working for the firm.
Liverpool Crown Court heard the incident happened on 23 April, 2005, while joists were being removed from the ceiling of an archway. It was told that Property People had failed to provide a safe platform for its employees to use.
Mr Roach suffered serious injuries to his back from the fall, resulting in permanent paralysis.
The company admitted breaching the Health and Safety at Work etc Act and the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations.
Health and Safety Executive inspector Ian Betley said: “The injuries Mr Roach sustained were extremely serious and he will need to use a wheelchair for the rest of his life.
“Companies are required by health and safety legislation to take reasonable measures to ensure the safety of employees and others that may be affected by their work. In this case, a suitable platform should have been used to remove the joints from below, rather than from above. Had such steps been taken, this incident could have been avoided.
“The tragic outcome of this incident, and the subsequent fine, must act as a reminder that the results can be serious for businesses that fail to comply with the legislation.”
In addition to the £127,000 fine, the firm was also ordered to pay £11,404 in costs.