Teenage apprentice injured in nasty fall from scaffolding in South Yorkshire

A teenage apprentice broke a wrist and fractured a cheekbone when he fell from scaffolding while working for a South Yorkshire firm.

Monday, 12th March 2018, 12:41 pm
Updated Monday, 12th March 2018, 12:45 pm
Melton High Street, where the accident happened (pic: Google)

The 16-year-old was passing roof tiles to a colleague at a site in Rotherham when he caught his foot in a gap between the scaffolding and the loading bay.

He fell backwards under a single rail guard, plummeting around four feet to the ground, on Melton High Street, in Wath-upon-Dearne.

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Bland Scaffolding admitted breaching safety regulations surrounding working at height.

The firm, of Wath Road in Elsecar, Barnsley, appeared at Sheffield Magistrates' Court on February 27, when it was fined £100,000 and ordered to pay £918 in costs.

The apprentice joiner injured his ribs as well as breaking a wrist and fracturing a cheekbone during the accident on September 6, 2016. He also required 13 stitches for a deep cut above his left eye.