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    SOLAR PANEL BOSS SENTENCED WITH COMPANY

    Director and company given hefty sentences over worker fall

    The Managing Director of a solar panel company has received a suspended prison sentence and the company has been fined.

    Gloucester Crown Court heard how a worker suffered serious injuries after falling through a fragile rooflight at a farm in Kemble  suffering fractures to his skull and pelvis in August 2015.

    HSE investigators found that Switch Capital EMEA Ltd had failed to ensure the safety of those working on the roof. The company failed to install safety fall arrest netting which would have prevented the fall.

    Netting decision made by Director

    The court heard that Mr Timothy Dobson, Managing Director of Switch Capital EMEA Ltd at the time of the accident, made the decision not to use safety netting.

    • EXAMPLE OF SAFETY NETTING

      Switch Capital EMEA Ltd – of Sapperton, Gloucestershire pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4 (1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and has been fined £54,000.00 and ordered to pay costs of £12,000.00.

    • Mr Timothy Dobson – of Sapperton, Gloucestershire pleaded guilty to breaching Section 37 of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974. He was sentenced to seven months imprisonment, suspended for two years. He was also ordered to complete 150 hours community service and pay costs of £12,000.00.

    Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Simon Chilcott said:

    “Those in control of work have a responsibility to ensure safe methods of working are used.

    In this case work was conducted on a fragile roof without safety nets being used. Had this simple precaution been in place, the serious injuries sustained could have been prevented.”

     

    FRAGILE ROOFLIGHT THROUGH WHICH SOLAR PANEL INSTALLER FELL

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