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Company fined after worker falls through fragile roof

Date:
16 February 2018

A construction firm has been prosecuted after a worker was seriously injured when he fell through the fragile roof of a farm building that was due to be demolished.

Liverpool Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 4 February 2016, an inexperienced labourer working for Fine Dimensions Limited was asked to assist in minor roof work. He stood on a fragile skylight panel and fell to the concrete floor below, sustaining head and chest injuries.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation established that the roof work was not properly planned and, as a result, insufficient precautions were taken including the provision of both edge and fall protection. The investigation also found that the company failed to provide sufficient instruction and training for the inexperienced worker.

Fine Dimensions Limited of Higher Whitley, Warrington, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 4 and 9 of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and were fined £3,000 and ordered to pay costs of £5,256.45.

HSE inspector Grayam Barnes said after the hearing: “Work at height, and in the vicinity of fragile surfaces remains a major problem in the construction sector and must be properly controlled to avoid unnecessary injuries to workers.”

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. www.hse.gov.uk
  2. More about the legislation referred to in this case can be found at: www.legislation.gov.uk/
  3. HSE news releases are available at http://press.hse.gov.uk
  4. More information about working at height can be found at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/safetytopics/roofwork.htm
  5. More information about working near fragile surfaces can be found at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/safetytopics/fragile.htm

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