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Joiner is fined after Tandragee resident suffers fall

BY STAFF REPORTER

A joiner has been fined £10,000 after a householder fell more than eight feet through an opening he had left uncovered.

The resident suffered serious, life-changing injuries to the back and limbs during the installation of a lift in a two-storey house in Tandragee.

Aidan Lavery from Co Tyrone was fined £10,000 plus costs of £1,500 at Newry Crown Court after previously pleading guilty to a charge brought against him by the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI).

Lavery had been engaged in preparatory joinery work, and had made an opening on October 5, 2012, between the first and ground floors, with the lift to be installed later.

After the hearing, Anne Cassidy, an inspector with HSENI's Major Investigation Team said: "We would remind all employers, sub-contractors and sole traders that they have a duty to ensure the safety of members of the public as well as their employees.

"A member of the public has suffered extensive life-changing injuries which need not have happened if precautions were taken".

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