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Roofworker injured at school

28 April 2015

Two companies, Marnick Roofing Limited and Interserve Construction limited have been fined a total of £21,000 after a worker was seriously injured falling through an unprotected roof light opening at Mount Charles School in St Austell.

The incident occurred on 21 August 2013 when the employee fell over approximately 4 metres and sustained three fractured ribs.

Roofing firm, Marnick Roofing Limited who employed the injured worker, pleaded guilty was fined £7,000 and ordered to pay £1,034 costs and a victim surcharge of £120.

The principal contractor’s for the project, Interserve Construction Limited, was fined £14,000 and ordered to pay £1,034 costs and a victim surcharge of £120..

On Tuesday 28 April, Truro Magistrates’ Court heard that Marnick Roofing Limited, Falmouth failed to ensure that suitable and sufficient measures were implemented to minimise the work at height risks associated with the work being carried out. While the principal contractor Interserve Construction Limited, Erdington, Birmingham, a major national construction company, failed to plan, manage and monitor work being undertaken by the contractor

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  1. The Health and Safety Executive is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training, new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement.
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  4. Marnick Roofing Limited pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.
  5. Interserve Construction Limited pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 22(1)(a) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007

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