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BUILDER FINED OVER FAILURE TO PREVENT INTERNAL FALL

Roof truss installation ends in double fall as beam fails beneath workmen

Paul Siviter General Builder (Paul Siviter T/A) has been fined after a workman was seriously injured in a 2.3-metre fall from the roof of a property near Llandegfedd Reservoir in Wales.

Andrew Hosking, aged 34, fractured his left femur and was airlifted to hospital following the incident in October 2011. He has been off work ever since. A colleague also fell from the roof but escaped without injury.

Abergavenny Magistrates heard (22nd Oct) that the two men were part of a team undertaking a roof installation. The men were standing on an old wooden roof beam balanced some 3m above the ground to receive and assesmble A-frame trusses lifted into position with a telehander.

The beam broke in half and both men fell inwards to the ground below, with Mr Hosking hitting the edge of a disused bath tub beneath. It was this impact that caused his injury.

No measures to prevent workers falling within the building

HSE investigators found that, despite scaffolding being in place around the exterior of the building, there were no measures to prevent workers falling from height within the building e.g. a birdcage scaffolding or mobile elevated work platforms.

Paul Siviter General Builder (Paul Siviter T/A) of Garn Wen Farm, Cwmbran, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. He was fined £8,000 and ordered to pay full costs of £2,945.30.

Speaking after the prosecution, HSE Inspector Simon Breen said:

“Mr Hosking sustained a very serious injury and could have died as a result of the fall.

The dangers of working at height are well known within the construction, yet incidents of this kind occur all too often. The fall could have easily have been prevented had suitable scaffolding, or other measures, been in place for the duration of the work.

I hope today’s prosecution serves as a reminder to all companies who expect their employees to work at height of their legal duties to manage safety and provide the protection required to safeguard them from falls.”

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