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Contractor fined after worker falls through roof

Date:
6 November 2017

Michael Kurz (trading as Weathersure Industrial Roofing) has been sentenced today after a worker fell through a roof whilst working at height.

Grimsby Magistrates’ Court heard that on 31 July 2015, Mr William Hill was working for Michael Kurz, assisting in the re-roofing of an industrial building. Mr Hill was carrying roofing sheets across the roof to where they were to be fitted. One of the roof lights had been removed and Mr Hill fell approximately 2 metres through the opening. He suffered a broken hip with ligament and muscle damage to his left arm and shoulder. He had worked for the company for only two weeks.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that no physical control measures were in place to prevent persons falling through the opening where the skylight had been.

Michael Douglas Kurz of Newlands Park, Humberston, North East Lincolnshire was found guilty of breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay costs of £500 costs.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Mark Welsh commented: “This incident could so easily have been avoided by simply carrying out correct control measures and safe working practices.”

“Those in control of work have a responsibility to devise safe methods of working and to provide the necessary information, instruction and training to their workers in the safe system of work.”

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