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    ACTUAL SYSTEM OF WORK WAS OPPOSITE OF RAMS

    Workman fell 4m through fragile asbestos roof sheet

    A construction company has been fined £150k after a workman was injured during demolition of an agricultural building in September 2017.

    South Tyneside Magistrates heard how the employee was engaged in the removal of roof sheets from a timber frame building when he fell approximately 4m through an asbestos cement roof sheet to the ground below. He suffered a fractured spine.

    Plan was to remove sheets from below

    HSE investigators found that a risk assessment and method statement (RAMS) was in place requiring removal of the sheets from below the roof.

    The actual system of work used was to remove the sheets from a working position on the roof. It was during this work that the employee fell through a roof sheet.

    • Northern Structures Ltd – of Amble Industrial Estate, Amble, Northumberland pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1)(a) and Regulation 4(1)(c) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined £150,000.

    Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Loren Wilmot said:

    Suitable and sufficient measures should have been in place through the use of alternative access equipment.

    This would have negated the need for the employee to be on the roof of the building, therefore eliminating the risk of a fall from height through the roof sheets.”

     

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