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    INDUSTRIAL ROOF FALL

    Engineering Services firm fined after worker suffers serious back injuries

    A South Yorkshire engineering services company has been fined after a worker crushed his vertebra and fractured two bones in his back when he fell almost 4m.

    The incident occurred during the fixing of ridge sheets on a steel frame.

    Proper planning and adequate safety equipment missing

    HSE prosecuted Ultimate Industries Ltd of Sheffield after work was carried out on a roof without adequate safety equipment to prevent workers from falling.

    The company was ordered to pay over £3k in fines and prosecution costs at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court after pleading guilty to breaching regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

    The workman was injured in August 2008 during the roofing of a building at Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd in Burnaston, Derbyshire.

    The injured workman was on the roof of the fabricated frame fixing sheets to the ridge when he fell approximately 3.7 metres to the ground, resulting in serious injuries to his back.

    The court heard that the work was not properly planned nor carried out with adequate safety equipment for work at height.

    HSE Inspector Samantha Farrar said: “Working on roofs can be a high risk activity if the right measures are not taken to protect workers and falls can result in life-changing injuries or even death.

    “This case shows the need for companies to ensure that work at height is properly planned and supervised and that appropriate equipment is provided.

    “Falls from height remains the most common cause of workplace deaths. Last year over 4,000 employees suffered major injuries and 35 workers died after falling from height at work.”

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