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SOLAR PANEL CONTRACTOR FINED OVER FRAGILE FALL

Young worker fall through fragile rooflight could have been prevented   

Dodds Roofing Services Ltd has been prosecuted after a young worker suffered a fractured skull just weeks after being hired in in September 2011.

The injured man was one of four employees installing 25 solar panels on the roof of a farm in East Yorkshire when he fell through a rooflight and hit the concrete floor 3m below. He suffered a fractured skull and temporary partial hearing loss, but has since made a good recovery and returned to work.

Bridlington Magistrates were told the firm provided a scaffold and crawling boards on the outside of the farm building, but failed to act to adequately prevent a fall or to provide safety measures internally e.g. safety nets or scaffold to mitigate the effects of a fall.

Falls through fragile rooflights “all-too-common”

Dodds Roofing Services Ltd, of The Renewable Energy Centre, Bainton, Driffield, East Yorkshire, was fined £9,000 and ordered to pay £10,000 in costs after pleading guilty to a breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

After the hearing, HSE Inspector Alan Sheldon said:

“This young man could very easily have sustained even worse injuries. Falls from height are a well-recognised hazard in the construction industry and falls through fragile rooflights are an all-too-common occurrence, and becoming more so with the advent of solar panels.

This was an incident that could have been prevented had Dodds Roofing Services put recognised safety measures in place that were suitable and sufficient to protect their workers from the risks they faced. This could have included work equipment to prevent the fall and/or providing nets or a scaffold within the building in order to mitigate the effects of a fall.”

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