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    MAJOR CONTRACTOR PROSECTUTED

    Roof fall lands contractors with fines in excess of £100k

    Laing O’Rourke Construction South Ltd, has been fined £80k and required to pay £10k in costs after a workman fell through an unmarked roof opening in 2006. He suffered severe, extensive and long-lasting injuries and the company pleaded guilty to contravening Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

    Sub-contractor Durable Contracts Ltd, from Kent, was also prosecuted and fined £25k with £10k prosecution costs for not carrying out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment for employees working on roofs. Both defendants were involved in the construction of a new laboratory block and gatehouse for a pharmaceutical manufacturer in Surrey.

    HSE Inspector Amanda Huff said: “This prosecution should act as a warning to all those involved in the management of construction projects. It was down to chance alone that this incident did not result in a fatality. This accident would have been avoided if the work had been properly planned and the appropriate control measures implemented.”

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