Galliford Try Construction has been fined £15,000 after pleading guilty to a safety breach at a site in Holyhead, north Wales.

A subcontractor, who was working on the construction of water treatment works, was injured when an over-inflated pipe stopper exploded on 16 June 2005.

The worker suffered fractures to his shin bones, as well as damage to his hearing.

Debbie John, an HSE inspector, said the investigation into the case had identified a number of failings, including “a failure to provide any rescue equipment for staff working in confined spaces or to provide safeguards”.

Galliford Try was fined and ordered to pay costs of £8,788.

Selwood, a Hampshire-based firm which had provided the pipe stopper and inflation equipment, also received a fine of £3,000 and was ordered to pay costs of £8,798.

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