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    Home project contractor failed to protect roof opening

    Frank Gaskin (FG Blockplan Trading As) has been prosecuted after a workman engaged by the builder fell through a roof opening.

    Redhill Magistrates heard how the worker fell 3.2 m through an opening in a roof onto a concrete floor. The workman survived the fall but was left with broken ribs, swelling to his brain and nerve damage.

    HSE investigators found that the injured man was part of the team building an extension to a house. The workmen were working on the roof adjacent to an opening created at an earlier stage of the work.

    When it started to rain the workmen sought to cover the exposed parts of the roof with plastic sheeting and tarpaulins.

    Stepped backwards into opening

    The opening in the roof (approximately 2m x 1.5m) was not provided with measures to prevent persons falling through the opening or to mitigate the consequences of any fall. The worker stepped backwards into the opening and fell.

    Frank Gaskin, a self-employed builder who trades under the name of FG Blockplan from Coldstream Road, Caterham, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6 (3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

    Mr Gaskin was fined £2,400 and ordered to pay costs of £2,935.42 with a victim surcharge of £120.

    HSE Guidance for Small Builders


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