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WORKMAN FELL THROUGH FRAGILE ROOFLIGHT

Prosecution over use of staging alone to protect workman

Williams Contractors Limited has been fined after a worker fell through a roof light whilst working at height.

Cwmbran Magistrates heard that the employee was injured whilst carrying out painting work when he fell off a ‘Youngman’ board and through the roof lights.

He suffered a broken left wrist and injuries to his chest, back hip and leg and was unable to work for six months.

HSE told the court that found that there was poor planning and supervision of the task and an unsafe method of work employed to do the work.

Entirely foreseeable

Williams Contractors Limited, of Pontypridd, Wales was fined a total of £12,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,069 after pleading guilty to an offence under Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

After the hearing HSE inspector Stephen Jones said:

“It was entirely foreseeable that someone working from a Youngmans board could have fallen through the rooflights should they fall from the board. The company breached the duty imposed on them.

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