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    WORKMAN FELL THROUGH ROOF OPENING

    Waterproof membrane concealed conservatory roof hazard

    A building firm has been fined £30,000 after a workman suffered injuries to his arm when he fell through a roof opening in October 2015 in Lowestoft, Norfolk.

    Ipswich Magistrates heard how the employee was installing the conservatory roof on a domestic property when he fell some 3m through a pre-cut window opening concealed by a wet waterproof membrane.

    The injured workman sustained multiple fractures which have left him with scarring, and a permanent inability to fully extend his arm.

    Relatively low falls can cause serious injury

    HSE investigators found there was a significant lack of planning for the roof installation. Suitable equipment was not provided to protect workers from falling from the roof edge. The injured person was not informed that the roof contained a window opening.

    • Polycastle Limited – of Quay View Business Park, Lowestoft pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of Work at Height Regulations 2005, and has been fined £30,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,447.

    Speaking after the case HSE inspector Kasia Urbaniak said:

    “This accident could have been prevented if the company had introduced control measures to mitigate the risk of falling from height.

    Falls from height remain one of the most common causes of work-related injuries in this country, and workers must be protected at all times, as even a fall from 3m can result in serious injuries.”

     

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