Firms fined £15,000 after man breaks back in fall

A CONSTRUCTION firm and the owners of a factory have been fined after a builder broke his back in a horror seven-meter fall.

The 63-year-old builder from Sudbury suffered fractured vertebrae when he fell from a roof while working on Christmas Eve, 2008.

Danny Langdon suffered his injuries when he fell through a roof light, hit a gantry crane and landed on machinery below while carrying out repairs at the factory based in Hertfordshire.

Hartog Hutton, the firm the builder was working for, which is registered in Chandlers Ford, Hampshire, but based in Bury St Edmunds, admitted breaching three health and safety regulations when it appeared at St Albans Crown Court, on May 19. The business was fined 10,000 and ordered to pay 7,076 in costs.

Fluorocarbon Company Ltd, of Caxton Hill, Hertford, which had contracted Hartog Hutton to carry out the repairs to its factory roof, appeared at East Hertfordshire Magistrate's Court on April 26.

The firm admitted one charge and was fined 5,000 and ordered to pay 5,195 in costs.

Speaking after the hearings Health and Safety inspector John Berezansky said that Mr Langdon's work place accident was entirely avoidable and should never have happened.

He added: "Working at height is one of the most obvious and well known dangers for those involved in repairing or maintenance of buildings."