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    FRAGILE ROOF FALL HIGHLIGHTS HSE REFURB ‘BLITZ’

    Contractor fined after cladding worker plunges through rooflight
      

    On 29th March 2010 a Welsh cladding company was fined after an workman fell some 4m through a fragile rooflight on  at a retail unit.

    The fall occured during re-cladding a roof at the Parc Trostre retail centre in August 2005.

    Cladder carrying panel over roof at time of fall  

    Llanelli Magistrates’ Court heard that the injured man was working for Ammex Ltd, of Pontyberem. He was carrying a roof panel with a colleague when he fell through the unprotected fragile rooflight onto a mezzanine floor below.

    He sustained serious injuries including fractures to his ribs and back, nerve damage to his leg and also memory and hearing loss. Ammex Ltd was ordered to pay over £16k in fines and prosecution costs after pleading guilty to an offence under HSW Act S2(1).

    HSE current inspection ‘blitz’ focusing on roof refurb projects

    Investigating Inspector Anne Marie Orrells said:

    “This case has concluded at a time when HSE is reminding those in the construction industry of the dangers of working at height and the devastating effects of slips trips and falls through its Shattered Lives campaign.

    “The HSE is currently carrying out visits in Wales to highlight the possible dangers involved in refurbishment and roofing work. Wales to highlight the possible dangers involved in refurbishment and roofwork. Wales to highlight the possible dangers involved in refurbishment and roofing work.

    “Mr Armstrong-Esther has suffered long lasting effects from his injuries since the incident which is now four years ago, and which could have been prevented. Openings, such as skylights, in roofs must have suitable protection around them to prevent workers from falling into them.”

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