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Companies fined after worker falls from roof

Date:
3 July 2018

Aldi Stores Limited and VBT Limited have been fined after a worker suffered from injuries when he fell from a roof.

Greater Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 11 June 2016, John Doxsey, a property maintenance worker, was contracted by VBT Limited to fix a leaking roof at an Aldi store in Stockport. Mr Doxsey went onto the roof unsupervised, lost his footing and fell approximately 4 metres. He suffered a broken right leg and left foot and damage to both knees.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found Aldi Stores Limited did not monitor the work that was taking place. Although there were systems and documents in place to reduce the risk of people working on their behalf, they were not communicated to store management or contractors. The investigation also found VBT Limited failed to provide John Doxsey with information regarding the risks of the job, or any instruction as to how to carry it out safely. For example, use of scaffolding or a mobile elevated work platform to reduce the risk of falls from height.

Aldi Stores Limited of Holly Lane, Atherstone, Warwickshire pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and has been fined £340,000 and ordered to pay costs of £7,645.

VBT Limited of Huddersfield Road, Elland, West Yorkshire pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and has been fined £5,333 and ordered to pay costs of £1,000.

Speaking after the case, HSE inspector Ian Betley said “This incident could so easily have been avoided by ensuring appropriate control measures and safe working practices were in place.

“Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.”

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. We 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. hse.gov.uk
  2. More about the legislation referred to in this case can be found at: legislation.gov.uk/
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