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PROSECUTION FOLLOWS LACK OF FLAT ROOF PRECAUTIONS

Boss of roofing contractors fined after worker seriously injured in fall

Donside Slating (Brian George Mackie T/A) of Aberdeenshire has been fined after a workman was seriously injured when falling 5m from the edge of a flat roof in November 2010.

Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard the workman was fixing lead onto the flat roof area of a house. Whilst throwing lead cut-offs to the ground from the flat roof lost his balance and fell from the unguarded edge to the ground. His hip ball joint was severed from his thigh bone and a metal plate and four pins had to be inserted and he still experiences pain in his hip.

Lack of specific instructions on how to carry out the work safely

Donside Slating (Brian George Mackie T/A) of Strathdon was fined £15,000 after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 4 of The Work at Height Regulations 2005.

HSE investigators found an absence of fall prevention equipment in place to prevent falls either from the edges of the flat roof or at the edge of the lower porch roof. Mr Mackie had not been to the site that morning or in the prior to the incident and had not given any specific instructions about how to do the work.

After sentencing, HSE inspector Liz Standen said:

“Mr McNeilly was very lucky to survive a five metre fall. He suffered serious injuries because his employer did not ensure that the flat roof area was safe to use, with the necessary fall prevention equipment in place, before work started and he did not given any specific instructions about how to carry out the work safely.

“This incident was completely avoidable if Mr Mackie had planned the work in advance and simple measures such as suitable barriers had been in place.”

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