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CLIENT FINED AFTER FALL THROUGH FRAGILE ROOFLIGHT

Trip triggered 4m plus fall through rooflight during minor roof repairs

A Yorkshire farm owner has been fined after a 20-year-old worker suffered severe injuries when he fell 4.5 metres through a fragile roof light whilst repairing a leak between two adjoining buildings in 2011. 

The injured workman tripped and fell through one of six rooflights landing on the concrete floor below. He punctured a lung and kidney and fractured four vertebrae. He is still receiving physiotherapy to ease the longer-term impact of his injuries.

Beverley Magistrates heard (3 July) that farm owner David Adamson had failed to consider the significant risks involved in working at height and failed to put safeguards or protective controls in place. The company hired the workman to help out over the busy summer harvest period and to assist with building repairs and general farm work.

Disregard for common sense and inexpensive safety controls

David Adamson, of Cottingham, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 9(2) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. He was fined £6,000 and ordered to pay £3,893.90 in costs.

HSE Inspector Paul Eastell said:

“Daniel Boldan Hoggard is, frankly, lucky to be alive. Falls from height kill more workers than anything else and is one of the most common causes of death in agriculture, yet Mr Adamson did not put any safety measures in place to protect Daniel as he worked over four metres from the ground.

Working at height, and even more so near fragile surfaces, is very high risk and yet HSE Inspectors continue to find dangerous practice and a disregard for common sense and inexpensive safety controls. In this case there should at least have been suitable platforms, guard rails and boarding over the roof lights.

I’m pleased that Daniel has made a reasonable recovery from his injuries and I hope this case emphasises to the wider farming community the need to think carefully through the dangers involved in all work activities and then act to reduce those risks to their workers and themselves.”

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