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    MAGISTRATES FINE FIRM £250,000 OVER ROOF FALL

    Solar panel firm failed to control risk and supervise works

    A Bristol based solar panel installation company has been fined after a 49-year-old worker fell more than 3.5 metres through a void in a roof at a Bristol school in June 2015.

    The fall inflicted serious injuries on the man, including bleeding on the brain, a fractured spleen and fractured ribs.

    Bristol Magistrates Court heard how the worker was one of several contracted by Solarjen Limited (known as Paul O’Brien Solar Installations (SW) Limited at the time) to undertake roof works

    HSE found the company failed to ensure physical guarding was in place to prevent the worker and his colleagues from falling through voids in the roof. The inquiry also found the company failed to appropriately supervise the work.

    Supervision found lacking

    Solarjen Limited of Bedminster, Bristol, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and has been fined £250,000 ordered to pay costs of £12,073.14.

    Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Mehtaab Hamid said:

    “The company failed to properly organise the work and make sure the workers knew what safety measures were needed, as well providing appropriate supervision to ensure work was not undertaken without the measures being put in place.

    As a result, serious harm was caused to one worker and others were put at serious risk.”

     

     

     

     


     

     

     

     

     

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