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Builder prosecuted for worker’s fall

13 December 2016

A builder from Surrey has been prosecuted for the fall of a worker.

Redhill Magistrates heard how the worker fell 3.2 m through an opening in a roof onto a concrete floor. He survived the fall but was left with broken ribs, swelling to his brain and nerve damage.

An investigation found that he was part of the team building an extension to a house. They had been working on the roof, adjacent to an opening created previously, but as it had begun to rain they wanted to cover the exposed parts with plastic sheeting and tarpaulins. The opening, which was approximately 2 metres by 1.5 metres had no measures to prevent persons falling, or mitigate the consequences of any fall. The worker stepped backwards into the opening and fell.

Frank Gaskin, a self-employed builder who trades under the name of FG Blockplan from Coldstream Road, Caterham, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6 (3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. He was fined £2,400 and ordered to pay costs of £2,935.42 with a victim surcharge of £120.

Notes to editors:

  1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) 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.
  2. Falls from height and injuries sustained from being struck by falling objects account for around a third of all work related deaths in the UK and in the construction sector around 4000 serious injuries per year, that’s nearly 10 per day, are caused by falls from height alone.
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