A CONSTRUCTION company has been ordered to pay more than €15,000 for using the wrong sized screw in a job.

It comes after investigators discovered the mistake while installing a drainpipe at school in Bunyola.

The error only came to light when the pipe came loose and fell onto a child, smashing his hand.

After the child’s family made a successful claim to the town council, earning €17,500 in compensation, the council’s insurance company in turn sued the building firm.

While the company put the blame on poor maintenance, it was discovered that one of the original screws used was too thin to secure the pipe.

Moreover, insurers argued that the company must have noticed the inappropriate screw, as they had put some tape around the problem as a temporary ‘fix’.