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Fine for North Eastern Demolition Company

On the 29 June, 2010, a workman was removing the slates and timber from the pitched roof of a public house that was being demolished in Cox Green Road, Sunderland. The worker who does not want to be named was working for David Brian Riseborough, who traded as The North Eastern Demolition Company when the accident occurred.

Although a mobile platform had been erected to provide access for the workers and as a preventative measure against falls from the roof, it did not extend to its complete length. Furthermore, various safety measures were missing and those provided were not effective.

The Sunderland Magistrates Court were told how this workman fell about 18 to 20 feet to the ground, from the two storey building. He sustained serious injuries to his spine, which resulted in him being paralysed and permanently confined to a nursing home.

Following an investigation by the authorities, David Brian Riseborough of Willow Green, Ashbrooke, Sunderland, was prosecuted. He pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and Regulation 6(2) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. The Court imposed a fine, to a total of £20,000 (£10,000 on each charge) and he was ordered to pay £7,434 in costs.