Plastics firm fined after worker falls through roof

A plastics manufacturer has been fined after an employee suffered spinal injuries resulting from a fall through a fragile roof.

Birmingham Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 14 December 2017, an employee was cleaning the roof of Kalsi Plastics (UK) Limited in Tyseley, when he fell through into the factory below, resulting in a broken arm and spinal cord damage.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that there were no precautions put in place to manage the risks of working at height or on a fragile roof.

Kalsi Plastics (UK) Limited, of Tomey Road, Tyseley have pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 9(2) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and fined £22,000 and ordered to pay costs of ££1,153.70.

Speaking after the case HSE inspector Gareth Langston said: “The injured person landed on a plastic dustbin, however had he fallen straight onto the concrete floor his injuries may have been even more severe.

“These risks could so easily have been avoided if the work at height had been properly planned with simple control measures in place to prevent workers being exposed to a risk of serious injury.

“This case highlights the importance of following HSE guidance while working on fragile roofs and putting precautions in place to minimise the risk to workers and the public.”

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE)[1] 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.
  2. Further information is available about the legislation referred to in this case [2].
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