The consequences of failing to comply with health and safety regulations has come to the forefront following a case involving 2 businesses in Sydney.

The companies were fined more than $200,000 combined after a worker fell 2 stories on a construction site in Sydney.

The lack of proper safety guards led to the worker falling 2 stories and suffering horrific injuries, including multiple broken ribs and a fractured leg and ankle.

He underwent surgery and had to spend 2 weeks in hospital recovering.

Authorities said this type of incident is totally avoidable and therefore unacceptable.

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