Llandudno Magistrates Court has fined a local roofing company £7,500 and ordered to pay £5725.22 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) told the court that a worker, from Colwyn Bay in North Wales fell approximately 2.5 metres from a roof which he was recovering in December 2013.
The fall caused significant injuries including a broken hip and leg. The worker has not returned to work.
After the case was heard, Chris Wilson from the HSE said:
“Falls from height are the biggest cause of workplace deaths and it’s crucial that employers make sure work is properly planned, appropriately supervised and that sufficient measures such as edge protection are put in place to control the risks of harm from falls.”
“Contractors must ensure that for even relatively small-scale jobs where there is a risk of a fall from height that adequate safeguards are in place. In this case this could have readily been achieved by the use of temporary scaffold edge protection around the perimeter of the roof”
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