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    WORKER LEFT ‘STRANDED’ IN MEWP AFTER ROOF FALL

    Construction worker fell 6m through fibreboard roof

    Allen and Hunt Construction Engineers Ltd , a Derbyshire based engineering construction company, has been prosecuted and fined £267,000 after a worker fell and suffered severe injuries in July 2014.

    The workman was repairing the “fibreboard roof” of a barn and using two homemade crawling boards when he fell 6m on to the floor below, sustaining serious injuries to his head, hip, and lungs.

    Derby Magistrates Court heard how at the time of the incident the injured man was working with others to replace the roofing panels.

    A colleague was under the roof in a ‘man basket’ attached to a telehandler. When the incident the workman in the telehandler was required to climb down the boom of the machine to help his colleague.

    Insufficient platforms or coverings

    HSE investigators found that insufficient platforms or coverings for the roof were provided to protect workers from falling through the roof.

    The risk assessment and method statement was “in the office” and was also not specific to the job being undertaken

    There were also no separate controls for the man basket, leaving the worker stranded when his colleague fell.

    Allen and Hunt Construction Engineers Ltd of Thorpe, Derbyshire, pleaded guilty to Sections 4(1), 7 and 9 (2) of the Working at Height regulations and was fined a total of £267,000 and ordered to pay costs of £7,750 and a victim surcharge of £120.

     

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