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A YOUNG joiner has told a jury he was asked to work on a bathroom conversion alone without specific safety training before a pensioner's fatal fall.

Matthew Hobson, now 24, alleged he had never been in charge of any project for his employers

York builders Cooper & Westgate, had never worked without supervision before, and was not given any safety instructions for the job at a pensioner’s house in Whitestone Drive, Huntington.

The jury heard that after he left for the weekend, the householder, Kenneth Armitage, 81, fell 2.5 metres to his death through a hole the joiner had created in the floor of the first floor bathroom.


 

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