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    WORKMAN SURVIVES FALL THROUGH ROOF

    Small roofing contractor fined after fall through roof

    An West Midlands roofing contractor has been ordered to pay almost £5k in fines and prosecution costs after one of his workmen survived an 8m fall through an industrial roof.

    Ian Brian Griffiths pleaded guilty. The court heard that men were working on the roof of industrial units in Small Heath, Birmingham in October 2008 and were contracted to repair the building.

    One man lost his balance on a crawling board and fell through the roof suffering a broken leg, ankle, wrist and nose in the fall.

    HSE Inspector Mike Ford, said:“Mr Leggett was lucky to survive falling 26 feet through the roof, landing on the concrete floor below. The equipment provided to these men and the system of work used was completely inadequate. The precautions taken to ensure their safety fell far short of what is acceptable.”

    Comment: The days are long gone when a couple of crawling boards represented acceptable precautions for carrying out repair works on or near fragile roofs.

    Clients, designers, CDM coordinators and contractors must all work together to provide a much higher standard of risk control.

    Systems of work involving working from below the roof or from above using a safe combination of MEWPs, safety nets and platforms must be provided on all projects.

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