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ROOFING CONTRACTOR HIT WITH £200,000 FINE

Fall from roof caused fractured skull and over two weeks in hospital

A roofing company has been fined after a worker fell 5m through a roof sustaining severe injuries.

St Albans Crown Court heard how a 32 year old labourer was working for Richardson Roofing Company Limited on a construction site at Kingsley Green, Radlett, Hertfordshire on 8 August 2013.

The workman was installing battens on the roof around openings for roof lights when he stepped on a membrane covering one of the holes and fell approximately 5m.

He sustained two broken wrists and four fractures to the skull and was hospitalised for fifteen days. He has not been able to return to this type of work.

Covers removed to complete works

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident found that the opening was previously covered by boards but these were later removed in order to complete the works up to edge of the opening thereby leaving the opening visually obscured by the thin roofing membrane.

The company failed to properly identify and put in place controls for controlling the hazard of falling through the roof once the boards were removed.

Richardson Roofing Company Limited, of Richardson House, Moor Lane, Staines, Middlesex, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, and was fined £200,000 and ordered to pay costs of £6,865.

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