Two firms have been fined after an accident at a farm left a construction worker with severe spinal injuries which have left him reliant on a wheelchair.
Mr Cooke, from Cleeve, near Bristol, had been dismantling the roof while sub-contracting for Martock-based firm CW Pearce, which in turn was working for DB Gibbons (Construction) Ltd.
Clive Pearce t/a CW Pearce of Steppes Crescent, Martock pleaded guilty to a breach of Section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. Pearce was fined £12,000 and ordered to pay £500 costs.
DB Gibbons (Construction) Ltd of Western Lane, West Harptree, Bristol pleaded guilty to a breach of Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £14,000 with £3,500 costs at the same hearing.
Read the HSE Press Release for further detail.