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MANAGER IN COURT WITH ROOFING CONTRACTOR

Senior manager fined after workman suffers life changing injuries

A roofing firm and a senior manager of the company have been fined for safety failings after an employee suffered life changing injuries when he fell through a fragile roof.

Worthing Magistrates’ Court heard how on January 2015 Practical Cladding Solutions Limited of Southampton was appointed by Styropack UK Limited to cut a hole in an industrial roof and clad an extension when a 25-year-old employee fell through an unprotected fragile roof light next to the work area.

The worker sustained numerous injuries. He broke four ribs and cut both lungs. His pelvis, hip and groin bone were fractured and his back was broken in several places. He spent 10 days in intensive care and six weeks in hospital.

Work on or near fragile surfaces must be planned and supervised

Practical Cladding Solutions Limited, of Calmore Industrial Estate, Testwood, Totton was fined a total of £9,000, after pleading guilty to offences under Regulations 4(1)(a), (b) and (c) of the Work at Height Regulations.

Anthony Hibbard, senior manager of the company, was fined a total of £3,000, after pleading guilty to the same offences. Costs of £1192 were awarded to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) who brought the case.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Russell Beckett said:

“Work on fragile roofs causes a great deal of serious injuries and fatal incidents, work at height must be properly planned, supervised and carried out in a safe manner.”

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