Lucky to alive after rooflight fall caused by total lack of precautions
A builder has been fined for safety failings after a workman fell through a fragile roof light. The work involved minor building works and repairs at a factory in Bagworth, Leicestershire including the replacment of roof lights in May 2013.
Leicester Magistrates heard (12 Sept) that the defendant, James Beeston, and another workmen were replacing the rooflights with solid strips of roof sheeting using a jig. The other workman was kneeling on a board over one of the roof lights and attemtping to use the jig.
James Beeston came to show him what to do and as the other man moved away he fell through the fragile roof light behind him to the concrete floor 3m below.
He was airlifted to hospital with a fractured neck and right arm. He also suffered soft tissue damage to his kidneys and hip and has not yet returned to work.
HSE investigators found that builder James Beeston failed to provide any suitable safety measures to prevent a fall through the fragile roof material.
Fragile roof dangers likely to be put before the courts
Mr Beeston, of Limby Hall Lane, Swannington, Coalville, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 9(2)(a)of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. He was fined £3,000 and ordered to pay costs of £397.
Speaking after the hearing HSE Inspector Tony Mitchell said:
“Mr Wilkins is lucky to be alive as work at height on fragile roofs is a significant cause of fatal incidents. The risks are widely known in the construction industry, as are the measures needed to reduce those risks.
Companies or individuals, such as Mr Beeston, who don’t provide a safe system of work or fail to comply with the required standard can expect to be brought before the courts.”