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    WORKMAN SURVIVES 6m FALL THROUGH ROOFLIGHT

    Unsecured boards provided to cover nearby fragile materials

    A roofing contractor has been sentenced for safety breaches after a workman suffered numerous fractures following a 6m fall through a fragile roof in September 2016.

    Grimsby Magistrates heard how the employee was working on the roof replacing roof sheets during external refurbishment of the warehouse on a former retail store in Scunthorpe.

    The workman was on the roof working when he fell 6m on to the solid concrete floor. He suffered numerous fractures including his vertebrae, shoulder, ankle, and ribs.

    HSE investigators found that whilst unsecured boards had been provided to cover nearby roof lights, the company failed to provide any other control measures to prevent falls through the roof whilst the roof sheets were being replaced.

    • Broadley Roofing Limited – of Hebden Road, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire pleaded guilty to breaching both Regulation 4(1) and Regulation 9(2) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and has been fined £53,000 and ordered to pay £2,465.15 in costs

    After the hearing, HSE inspector Alison Outhwaite commented:

    “Work at height, such as roof work, is a high-risk activity that accounts for a high proportion of workplace serious injuries and fatalities each year.

    This incident could have been avoided had the company ensured that appropriate measures were in place to prevent falls, in line with industry standards for roof work.”

     

     

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