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    PREVENTION PLANNING REQUIRED FOR FRAGILE RISK

    Fall arrest safety netting not used to mitigate fall consequences

    T Broom Construction Limited has been fined after an employee of the company fell more than 5m to the ground through a fragile roof in June 2016.

    Taunton Magistrates’ Court heard that 26-year old Ryan Sartin was repairing a roof at Home Farm, Shepton Beauchamp, Somerset when he fell through a fragile roof onto concrete flooring. He suffered a broken pelvis and wrist as a result of the fall.

    HSE investigators found the company failed to plan the work to ensure that it was carried out in a safe manner.

    Fall arrest safety netting had not been installed to mitigate the consequences of a fall through the roof and handrails were not provided around the perimeter to prevent falls from the roof edge.

    Lack of suitable planning for safety

    T Broom Construction Limited of Honiton, Devon pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4 (1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, and has been fined £6,700 and ordered to pay costs of £1016.60.

    Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector James Lucas said:

    “Mr Sartin is very lucky he did not sustain more life threatening injuries as a result of this incident.

    T Broom Construction Limited failed in its duty to protect employees working at height by not appropriately planning the work.

    Suitable planning would have identified the measures required to minimise the risks of a fall from height.”

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