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HORRIFIC INJURIES FROM FALL ON DOMESTIC PROJECT

Injured workman likely to reside in care for the rest life

A man has been sentenced for safety failings that led to a father-of-three falling from the roof of a house resulting in horrific head and spinal injuries.

Brian Honeyman fell 6m whilst engaged in the re-roofing of a house in Stenhousemuir. The injuries incurred make it likely that he will reside in a care facility for the rest of his life.

Mr Honeyman, now 50, had been engaged by roofing contractor Adam Menzies to work on the project in July 2012.

Poor practice all-too-common during domestic refurbishment

The Crown Office for the Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) charged Menzies with health and safety offences alleging failure to ensure the work was properly planned, appropriately supervised or carried out in a manner which was, so far as is reasonably practicable, safe.

It was also alleged that he failed to arrange provision of scaffolding or other means to prevent a fall.

Adam Menzies, aged 43, of Falkirk pleaded not guilty to these charges. He was found guilty after a trial and fined £8,000 at Falkirk Sheriff Court.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Principal Inspector Isabelle Martin said:

“Adam Menzies failed to provide a suitable scaffold that would have protected against this fall from height.

This disregard for basic safety precautions has resulted in Brian Honeyman suffering horrific injuries from which he will never recover. Sadly, HSE inspectors find this kind of poor practice is all-too-common on domestic refurbishment projects.

Working at height remains one of the biggest causes of workplace deaths and serious injuries. There must always be fall protection when carrying out roof work, no matter how big or small the job that’s being done.”

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