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    SCAFFOLDER FELL THROUGH FRAGILE ROOFLIGHT

    Fall through roof leaves workman with life-changing injuries

    A scaffolding contractor from Poole in Dorset has been sentenced after a worker sustained serious, life changing injuries after falling 5m through a skylight in April 2017.

    Poole Magistrates heard how Paul Norris was involved in the erection of an access tower and guard rails around the roof of industrial units in Christchurch.

    After completing work on the access tower, Mr Norris was assisting colleagues with the guard rails and was gaining access to this work via the roof.

    He fell through an in plane rooflight some 5m to the floor below. He suffered numerous serious fractures and remained in hospital for three weeks undergoing a number of operations and is now registered as disabled.

    Mr Norris has moved to an adapted flat, cannot return to work and his wife is his now his full-time carer.

    Insufficient measures prevent fall through roof

    HSE investigators found that the employer failed to ensure the work at height was properly planned, supervised and carried out safely.

    Insufficient measures were taken to prevent a fall through the fragile roof.

    • Solar Scaffold Services Limited – of Church Road, Poole pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. They have been fined £10,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3666.80.

    Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Caroline Penwill said:

    “Falls from height remain one of the most common causes of work related fatalities and injuries in this country and the risks associated with working at height are well known.

    Mr Norris’s injuries were life changing for both him and his family. He could have easily been killed. This serious incident could have been avoided if the work had been properly planned to reduce risk.”

     

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