A Derbyshire based construction company employed to work on an extension of a well-known supermarket chain, has been successfully prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an employee fell approximately seven metres through a fragile roof panel.
The 31 year old scaffolder from Wimbledon sustained multiple injuries including a fractured spine and pelvis, four broken ribs and a damaged lung.
Westminster Magistrates Court fined the construction company £6,000 and ordered to pay a further £1,428 in costs after pleading guilty to a single breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.
The HSE report highlighted that the firm could have prevented the fall by providing guarded walkways and hard covers for the fragile roof areas that linked the old supermarket store and new extension.
After the case was heard, Gavin Pugh from the HSE said:
“The safety standards surrounding the walkway and fragile area fell some way short on this occasion, and it could have cost the scaffolder his life. He suffered painful injuries that still cause him pain and discomfort, but he could just as easily have been killed.”
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