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    CCTV INSTALLER FELL THROUGH FRAGILE ROOFLIGHT

    Contractor failed to properly plan and control the risks

    A CCTV Installation company has been sentenced after an employee fell through a fragile roof light in March 2017.

    Greater Manchester Magistrates heard how the workmen were installing several CCTV cameras at a property in Salford.

    One of the team was freeing a cable which had ‘snagged’ on a section of pitched roof whilst working from a flat roof when he stepped on a fragile roof light which failed under his weight causing him to fall 2m into the building.

    He landed on an overhead crane structure in the disused warehouse below and suffered a sprained ankle. He was unable to work for six weeks.

    Risks associated with working at height well known

    HSE investigators found the work was not properly planned and that no appropriate control measures were in place to ensure the employees safety when the incident occurred.

    • Skycommsuk Ltd – of Jubilee Road, Middleton, Manchester pleaded guilty to breaching Section 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and has been fined £2600 and ordered to pay costs of £2000.

    Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Jennifer French said:

    “These risks could so easily have been avoided if the work at height had been properly planned with simple control measures in place to prevent a risk of workers being exposed to serious injury.

    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.”

     

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