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ANOTHER SOLAR PANEL WORKER IN FRAGILE ROOF FALL

Energy outfit fined after panel installer fell through fibre cement roof

Bodmin Magistrates’ Court has heard how a “senior roofer” working for Clean Earth Energy Limited was installing solar panels at a Garden Centre in Launceston when he fell 5m through a fragile roof.

The installer was traversing the cement fibre sheeting roof when it gave way beneath him and he fell to the floor below incurring multiple injuries including several fractured vertebrae.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident which occurred on 15 August 2015 found the work was not properly planned or appropriately supervised.

High risk activity causing many serious accidents

Clean Earth Energy Limited, of Trenant Industrial Estate, Wadebridge, Cornwall, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at height Regulations 2005, and was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,704.

HSE inspector Nicole Buchanan said after the hearing:

“Working on fragile surfaces is a particularly high risk activity in which many serious accidents occur. Duty holders should do everything possible to protect their workers from the risk of a fall.”

HSE has published CITB Guidance on Solar Panel Installation

 

http://www.cskills.org/uploads/GS001_Safe%20solar%20panel%20installation_tcm17-33755.pdf

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