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CARPENTER LIFTED COVER AND FELL THROUGH ROOF

Joinery firm overlooked consideration of window opening risk

R A Winwood Limited, a Dorset based joinery company, has been fined after a contractor fell through a window opening to the floor below.

Bournemouth Magistrates heard (28/02) how a carpenter was working on an extension to a domestic property in Poole. Part of the work included fixing plywood to the roof joists.

A piece of ply was resting over a window opening in the roof, and on lifting the ply the employee fell approximately 3.5m through the opening to the floor below.

He suffered a severe fracture to the right ankle and the right wrist, and a fracture to one of his vertebrae.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident which occurred on 3 December 2014 found the risk of a fall through the window openings had not been considered as part of the risk assessment for the job.

All fall risks must be considered

R A Winwood Limited, of Corfe View Road, Corfe, Mullen, Wimborne, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, and was fined £8,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,809.

HSE inspector James Powell said after the hearing:

“Any risks of falls from height should not be overlooked and should be considered as part of the risk assessment.

 

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