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CONTRACTOR FINED OVER ROOF OPENING FAILURES

Workman injured in fall through opening ‘protected’ by single batten

S C Joseph Ltd has been fined after an employee fractured his back in a fall of more than 3m through a roof during work to convert a garage into a garden room at a home in Hereford in May 2012.

Herefordshire Magistrates’ Court heard that the injured workman was installing roof lights when he stepped on a roofing batten placed across a rooflight opening. The batten gave way and he fell to the concrete floor below.

The court was told the company should have put safety measures in place below the openings e.g. a platform or a birdcage scaffold.

Assessment and simple measures required

S C Joseph, of Sandalwood, Nunnington, Hereford, pleaded guilty to a single breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. The company was fined a total of £4,000 and ordered to pay £1,516 in prosecution costs.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Keiron Jones said:

“Falls from height are the biggest cause of workplace deaths and injuries, yet with some simple measures they can easily be prevented.

S C Joseph should have carried out a proper assessment of the risks and then controlled them so that the work could be carried out safely. A platform beneath the roof opening would have avoided the serious back injury sustained.”

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