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FIRM FAILED TO IMPLEMENT AGREED CONTROLS

Risk assessment carried out but precautions not taken

A construction company has been fined £30,000 after a worker fell through a roof window opening, suffering multiple fractures in July 2016.

Luton Magistrates heard how the employee of Sunshine Lofts Limited was carrying out work on a new build extension when his foot slipped and he fell through a roof light gap to the concrete floor below.

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HSE investigators  found that the company risk assessment identified suitable measures to prevent falls but the defendant failed to implement those measures at the time of the injured persons fall.

  • Sunshine Lofts Limited – of Holywell Hill, St. Albans, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4 of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and has been fined £30,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,008.35.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Samantha Wells 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.

In this case, by putting in place measures to prevent falls through the skylight including boarding over the gaps, or providing a scaffold platform under the roof under construction, could have removed the danger of falling.”

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