Southwark Crown Court has fined a construction firm £60,000 with costs of £7,784 after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation was held into how a 55 year old American national, working on a London industrial estate, fell approximately four metres through a fragile sky light.
The HSE report highlighted significant health and safety failings.
The court heard that the fall caused injuries to the worker’s spine, leaving him paralysed, damage to his brain and has caused hearing loss. The employee is unable to work again and his wife is his full time carer.
After the case was heard, Simon Hester from the HSE said: “This tragedy should not have happened. Nobody should work on a roof without proper planning.”
“It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure that all reasonable precautions are taken to prevent a fall.”
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