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    FIBRE CEMENT ROOF PROJECT ENDS IN SERIOUS INJURY

    Workman fell from roof after leaving telehandler working platform

    Welding firm IFT Services Ltd of Nottinghamshire has been prosecuted after a worker was seriously injured when he fell from a barn roof.

    Mansfield Magistrates heard that the labourer was replacing cement roof sheets on an outbuilding at Clipstone Park Farm on 20 November 2008 when he fell 5m to the bucket below. He fractured his vertebrae, fractured his skull and suffered internal bleeding. 

    HSE investigators revealed the employee had been working from a cage attached to a telehandler but had climbed out onto a scaffold board to continue removing nails from old panels. There was nothing in place to prevent a fall.

    Lucky to survive

    IFT Services Ltd admitted breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 in relation to the incident. The company was fined £4,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,000

    HSE inspector Lee Greatorex said:

    “The worker was extremely lucky to survive. The work on the barn roof should not have been carried out in the way it was and the fall could have been avoided had appropriate safety measures been taken.

    Falls from height are the biggest causes of workplace deaths and it’s crucial that employers make sure work is properly planned, appropriately supervised and that sufficient measures are put in place to protect staff from these risks.

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