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Labourer David Tourish suffered two fractured ribs and bruising to his kidneys when he fell off the edge of a temporary staircase while working for the Walker Group - a Scottish construction firm founded more than 40 years ago - on a house building project in Edinburgh in November 2009.
At the time of the incident, Mr Tourish had been asked to carry doors upstairs along with a colleague, but a guardrail on the side of the staircase had been removed a few days earlier, then not replaced.
Consequently, the man fell a distance of three metres to the floor below and then had to spend a period of three months off work while in recovery.
Alastair Brown, inspector for the Health and Safety Executive, commented: "This was a serious incident that could have been very much worse. It was also entirely avoidable."
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