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FALL THROUGH ROOF ERECTING EDGE PROTECTION

Contractor failed to protect worker from asbestos roof light risk

Weller Scaffolding Limited from Dorset has been fined for safety failings following an incident in which an employee fell through a fragile roof light in July 2014.

Weymouth Magistrates’ Court heard how the company was contracted to erect access scaffold and perimeter handrails around the roof of a small industrial unit at East Road, Bridport.

The scaffolder accessed the roof which was constructed of asbestos cement with intermittent roof lights and whilst carrying out the work he fell through one of the roof lights.

Lack of planning and supervision

HSE investigators found the incident was due to the work not being properly planned, or appropriately supervised which led to it being unsafe.

Weller Scaffolding Limited of Westway Business Park, Dottery Road, Bridport, Dorset, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined £10,000 with £5,628 costs.

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