A 36 year old man from Tamworth working at a leisure centre in Skegness, Lincolnshire suffered a broken vertebra after falling from a roof. The worker fell four metres onto a heap of rubble. A five day stay in hospital was required and a three month recuperation period followed.
Two contractors were employed to complete construction work and heating installation at a leisure centre.
The employee was working on the roof of the swimming pool and having to stand on an area of plywood close to an open edge which gave way causing the fall.
The case which was held at Lincolnshire Magistrates’ Court fined the construction company from Welshpool £10,000 and ordered to pay costs of £645.60 after pleading guilty to breaching two Regulations of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007.
The heating and engineering company from Tamworth, Staffordshire pleaded guilty to breaching the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined £7,000 and ordered to pay costs of £519.60.
After the hearing, Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Inspector Chris Copeman said:
“This worker is very fortunate not to have suffered far more serious injuries.
“Throughout the whole process of roof work, there was no adequate protection against falls, such as barriers on the open edge.
“Had he tripped and fallen from the edge of the roof, we could have been dealing with a fatal incident.