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    FAILURE TO NOTIFY HSE PREVENTED INVESTIGATION

    Regulator prosecutes over RIDDOR non-compliance

    A home improvements company has been fined after a worker fell from a garage roof sustaining significant injuries in May 2015.

    Greater Manchester Magistrates heard how an employee was working on a garage roof when he fell over 3m onto the driveway of an adjacent property. He suffered a fractured cheek bone, eye socket, ribs, left arm and a collapsed lung as a result.

    Injury reported after nine months

    HSE found the company did not report the incident within the required time frame and waited nine months which prevented a proper investigation.

    • Rock Home Improvements Limited – of Longsight Road, Bury, Greater Manchester, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4 (1) a of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases, and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) and has been fined £2,700 and ordered to pay costs of £1,000.

    Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Seve Gomez-Aspron said:

    “This incident could so easily have been avoided had the company simply carried out correct control measures and safe working practices.

    Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take out appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.”

     

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