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    SOLAR PANEL CLEAN RESULTED IN FRAGILE ROOF FALL

    Elevated work platform would have been mitigated fall risk

    A window cleaning company has been sentenced for safety breaches after a worker suffered bone fractures following a fall through a fragile roof light in February2016.

    Leeds Magistrates heard how three workmen were cleaning a 400-panel solar array on a roof at Lingham Lane Piggery, Dishforth. The men had nearly finished the job when one walked up the roof towards the apex.

    He was unaware of the fragile roof light and when he walked on to the rooflight it fractured under his weight causing him to fall 7m to the floor below.

    Incident easily avoided

    An investigation by HSE found the company failed to ensure that the risks from working at height had been minimised.

    • Premier Window Cleaners Ltd – of Greenacres, Huntington, York pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The company was fined £6000 and ordered to pay £819 in costs.

    After the hearing, HSE inspector Rachel Brittain commented:

    “This incident could so easily have been avoided by carrying out correct control measures and safe working practices.

    If the work had been carried out from an elevated work platform with harnesses and lanyards, falls from height would have been mitigated”

     

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