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Yorkshire firm fined after fall

Yorkshire based Advanced Scaffolding has been fined £3,500 after a contractor suffered multiple injuries when a platform collapsed.

Stephen Martin, a self-employed contractor, fell around 6m from the roof of a two-storey house on St Aiden Road in Bridlington on 17 April 2009 fracturing three ribs, some small bones at the base of his back and sustained head injuries. He had to be airlifted to Hull Royal Infirmary for emergency treatment.

HSE inspectors told magistrates that the scaffolding, which had been erected two days earlier by Advanced Scaffolding, was not of suitable strength or rigidity.

The firm was fined £3,500 and ordered to pay £3,000 in costs after being found guilty of a breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.