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Partner of family run farm fined after worker fell from height

12 December 2017

A partner in a family farming business has been fined after a worker fell 14 feet through a fragile roof light.

Taunton Magistrates’ Court heard how a 23-year old employee was painting on a barn roof when he suffered a fractured pelvis after falling 14 feet through a fragile skylight.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident which occurred on the 22 November 2015 found the employer failed to ensure that work at height was properly planned, appropriately supervised and carried out in a safe manner.

Mr James Pine, Partner of CJ & JC Pine of Meare Green Farm, Stoke St Gregory, Taunton pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4 (1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and has been fined £1,675 and ordered to pay costs of £5886.09.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Victoria Bailey said: “Those in control of work have a responsibility to ensure safe methods of working are used and to inform, instruct and train workers in the safe system of working.

“If a suitable safe system of work had been in place prior to the incident, the serious injuries sustained by the employee could have been prevented.”

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. We seek to prevent work-related death, injury and ill health through regulatory actions that range from influencing behaviours across whole industry sectors through to targeted interventions on individual businesses. These activities are supported by globally recognised scientific expertise.
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