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    OCCUPIER AND CONTRACTOR FINED OVER FALL

    Employee assisting contractor fell through roof during re-roofing project

    A egg production company and a joinery contractor have been sentenced after a workman fell through a roof at Ghyll View Farm in Longton on 1 November 2016

    Preston Magistrates heard how an employee of T& J Leigh had been helping the joinery contractor Harry Jackson to re-roof an old feed mill building when he fell 5m through a gap to the concrete floor below causing serious head and arm injuries.

    Contractor competence must be checked

    HSE investigators  into the incident found that the roof work was not properly planned with no measures in place to prevent or mitigate a fall through or from the roof.

    • T & J Leigh (a partnership) – of Ghyll View Farm pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc act 1974 and has been fined a total of £50000 with costs of £2855.32.
    • Harry Jackson – of Much Hoole pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc act 1974 and was given a 16 week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months. He was also ordered to carry out 150 hours unpaid work and pay costs of £2855.32.

    Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Steven Boyd said:

    “This avoidable incident resulted in serious injuries, a fall from this distance could easily have been fatal. Roof work should always be properly planned with measures put in place to prevent a dangerous fall.

    Companies commissioning roof work should make reasonable checks regarding the competence of a contractor to undertake work at height safely.”

     

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