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    FIRM FAILED TO ENFORCE FALL ARREST SYSTEM

    Worker 5m fall through roof preventable by scaffolding and safety nets

    A construction company has been fined after an employee received serious injuries when he fell 5m through a fragile roof in May 2017.

    Boston Magistrates heard how the workman was involved in constructing the roof of a new agricultural building adjacent to an existing barn in Louth, Lincolnshire.

    During the work he stepped onto the fragile roof of the adjacent barn which gave way under his weight causing hm to fall onto the concrete floor below. His back was fractured in the incident.

    Harnesses provided but not used

    HSE investigators found that the system of work in use to control risks from work at height was fundamentally unsuitable. The system relied on workers wearing harnesses to control the risk of falling when it would have been more appropriate to use edge protection or nets. In addition, although harnesses were provided their use was not enforced by the company.

    • Foundations and Buildings Limited – of Hogsthorpe, Skegness, Lincolnshire, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4 (1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and has been fined £30,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4814.04

    HSE inspector Roy Poulter speaking after the case said:

    “Those in control of work have a responsibility to devise safe methods of working and to provide the necessary information, instruction and training to their workers in the safe system of working.

    If a suitable safe system of work had been in place prior to the incident, the serious injuries  sustained by the employee could have been prevented.”

     

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