Plymouth Magistrates’ Court has fined a local building and roofing firm £10,000 and ordered to pay £5,517 in costs after pleading guilty to a breach of The Work at Height regulations.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an investigation into the incident, reported that a 24 year old employee was working on a roof when he fell through a fragile roof light and fell approximately six metres. Consequently, the worker sustained multiple injuries.
The Court heard that the work carried out on the roof was supervised by an individual who had not been appropriately trained. Furthermore, no protection had been given to safeguard the employee. No supporting boards, edge protection or the use of a cherry picker were provided.
After the case was heard HSE Inspector Helena Allum 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 are put in place to protect staff from the risks”.
“There is no excuse for employers failing to safeguard workers who have to work at height.”
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