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FRAGILE ROOF FALL COURT CASE

Contractor fined after workman falls through asbestos roof

 

Keen Construction Ltd, from Wiltshire has been ordered to pay over £10k in fines and prosecution costs after pleading guilty to contravening the Work at Height Regulations 2005. The prosecution arose from an incident in 2007 in which a workman fell over 5m through a fragile asbestos cement roof during replacement of leaking roof lights. 

Crawling boards were not provided and there was  no safety net or crash desk below the working area of the roof. The injured man suffered broken ribs and injuries to his pelvis, vertebrae and lung. He was unable to return to work for over a year.

Meurig Rees Williams, HSE inspector, said: “By any standards, this was a very serious incident. The injured worker suffered long- term injuries after falling five and a half metres and is lucky to be alive. There are safe ways of carrying out this work and guidance is freely available on the HSE and industry websites.”

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is urging employers to make sure full safety measures are in place for staff and contractors who are working at height.

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