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DEMOLITION ROOF FALL PROSECUTION

Roof fall causes serious injury and lands demo contractor in court 

Demolition Dismantling Services Ltd has been ordered to pay over £5k after a labourer fell whilst removing a working platform from the roof of an industrial unit. He fell 5m onto a concrete floor and suffered serious leg and pelvic injuries. The company had (a) not provided suitable training and supervision (b) failed to carry out an adequate risk assessment and (c) failed to provide suitable safety equipment to prevent a fall. HSE Inspector Christina Goddard said: “The labourer was given a job for which he had absolutely no training, was working from an inadequate platform and there was no other form of fall protection. This was an avoidable incident which could have quite easily resulted in a man’s death. The company’s failings resulted in this man suffering serious injuries, which have resulted in ongoing disability and a reduced earning potential.

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