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    FIRM FINED AFTER ROOF FALL DURING REFURB WORK

    Workman fell from unprotected roof edge after gaining access by ladder

    Dodd Group (Midlands) Ltd has been fined £20k after a workman fell over 4m from the unprotected edge of a youth centre roof in Solihull shattering his wrist.

    The 36-year-old man and a colleague were moving ducting up a ladder to the roof on 12 November 2009 when he fell. He will never regain full use of his hand and was off work for four months.

    HSE investigators found that the company had failed to plan a safe system of work or provide safety barriers to prevent a fall. The company was aware that work would be carried out from the roof.

    Safe system of work not planned and executed

    Dodd Group (Midlands) Ltd, of Stafford Park 13, Telford, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay £3,511 in costs on Wednesday 23 March.

    HSE Inspector Paul Thompson said:

    “This entirely preventable incident is a very sad consequence of Dodd Group Midlands’s failure to plan and execute a safe system of work. If the company had taken proper precautions, both while the work was in the planning stage and when the work was being undertaken, Mr Dutton’s fall and resulting injuries could have been completely avoided.

    It’s vital that any company which is planning to carry out work at height assesses and mitigates the risk of any falls occurring, plans the work effectively and carries it out in a safe manner. HSE provides comprehensive guidance on all aspects of safe work at height, to prevent incidents of this kind from happening.”

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