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    RISK ASSESSED BUT CONTROLS FOUND WANTING

    Joiner fell through unprotected opening on roof of new building

    A construction company has been fined after a workman fell through a roof and suffered life changing injuries in October 2015.

    Glasgow Sheriff Court heard how the joiner was working on the construction site in Glasgow when he fell approximately 3.6m onto a pile of timber cut-offs.

    He sustained multiple fractures to his ribs and to his spine.

    Fall arrest nets or crash deck required

    HSE investigators found that the company had a risk assessment in place but there were insufficient measures in place to prevent falls through a void in the roof of the building.

    • Fleming Buildings Limited – of Auchinloch Road, Lenzie, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, and Section 33(1)(c) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The company was fined £9,335.

    Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Graham Mitchell 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.

    This incident might have been prevented if suitable and sufficient measures had been in place such as a crash desk or safety net.

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

     

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