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    FATAL FALL FROM EDGE OF INDUSTRIAL ROOF

    Suitable protection missing during installation of roof sheets

    A construction company has been fined £100,000 after an employee died after falling over 6m from the edge of an industrial building in May 2016.

    Plymouth Magistrates heard how the employee suffered fatal injuries after falling whilst carrying out work installing roof sheets on a new agricultural building.

    Precautions, training supervision inadequate

    HSE investigators found that the company failed to provide suitable edge protection, failed to ensure there was a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks from the use of the edge protection and failed to ensure those installing the edge protection and supervising the work had received adequate training.

    • C & R Construction (SW) Ltd – of Crediton, Devon pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 2 (1) of The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and have been fined £100,000 and ordered to pay costs of £11,060.40.

    Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Kate Leftly said:

    “Falls from height remain one of the most common causes of work related fatalities in this country and the risks associated with working at height are well-known.

    If suitable edge protection had been installed, the tragic death of this employee could have been prevented.”

     

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