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    TILE RECLAMATION FAILS SAFETY TEST

    Firm fined after worker breaks spine during roof tile reclamation

    Tim Philpott, trading as Philpott Demolition and Recycling, of Norwich has been fined £7.5k after an employee broke his spine in a fall whilst removing roof tiles in April 2007.

    The court heard that Gediminas Vasiliauskas was removing the old roof tiles and timber from a former aircraft hangar at the site when the incident happened. He was unable to work for a year following the incident and during that time he also lost his sense of taste and smell.

    HSE Inspector Nicola Surrey said: “Mr Vasiliauskas was lucky to survive this incident, which could have been avoided if his employer had taken precautions to ensure his employee’s safety. HSE provides plenty of advice and guidance for employers on how to keep their workers safe while working at height.”

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