A scaffolding company and director have been sentenced today for safety breaches, after a worker suffered life changing injuries following a fall from height.
Sheffield Crown Court heard Bullet Scaffolding Limited was appointed to provide edge protection around the roof of an industrial unit at Aldham House Industrial Estate, Wombwell, Barnsley in order for the host company to repair damaged roof lights.
On 3 November 2014 whilst working from the roof fixing guard rails around the perimeter of the industrial unit, Shane Percival fell through a fragile roof light. He fell approximately 6 metres onto a concrete floor and suffered a spinal, life changing injury resulting in paralysis to the lower part of his body.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the company and director failed to adequately plan for working at height or provide a safe system of work.
Bullet Scaffolding Limited of Buckleigh Road, Wath Upon Dearne, Rotherham today pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £65,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3600.
Tony Jackson of the same address pleaded guilty to breaching Section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £5000 and ordered to pay costs of £3600.
Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Alan Sheldon said: “It was foreseeable that Mr Percival and others could have fallen off the edge of the roof or through a fragile surface. The accident was entirely preventable by using a mobile elevating work platform or by constructing an independent scaffold thereby avoiding the need to access the roof.
“As a result of the accident the lives of Mr Percival and his family have been tragically affected.”
Notes to Editors:
- 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. www.hse.gov.uk
- More about the legislation referred to in this case can be found at: www.legislation.gov.uk/ 
- HSE news releases are available at http://press.hse.gov.uk