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    THREE FIRMS FINED £1/2M FOR FRAGILE RISK FAILURES

    Fall through rooflight hazard poorly planned and managed

    Three construction companies have been fined a total of £555,000 after a worker fell 4m through a fragile roof light into an office space below in December 2015.

    Portsmouth Crown Court heard how the employee was injured whilst installing insulation to new ventilation ductwork on the roof of a Leisure Centre in Portsmouth.

    He suffered six fractures to his back.

    Good management includes regular monitoring

    HSE investigators found that three companies failed to plan and manage the risk of falling through rooflights sufficiently.

    • Dantherm Limited – of Windmill Business Park, Cleavedon, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 13(1) of the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015 and was fined £30,666 and ordered to pay costs of £6,646.16.
    • Wessex Building Services Limited – of Wessex House, Shaftesbury, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1)(a) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined £425,000 and ordered to pay costs of £6,646.16.
    • Wessex Insulation Limited – of Albany Road, Weymouth, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 9(2) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined £70,833 and ordered to pay costs of £6,646.16.

    Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Jane Beckmann said:

    “Falls from height remain the most common cause of work-related fatalities and serious injuries in the construction industry and the risks associated with working at height are well-known”.

    Working on or near fragile materials at height can be particularly dangerous and it is very important that those in control of the work identify the risk, plan to eliminate it if possible, or where it is not possible, take appropriate precautions to safeguard workers and others.

    Good management will also include regular monitoring that the controls in place are keeping people safe. It was fortunate that in this instance the worker involved made a full recovery, but it could have been a very different outcome.”

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