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    WORKMAN FELL FROM UNGUARDED FLAT ROOF

    Basic work at height management systems and training absent

    A construction company has been sentenced for safety breaches after a self-employed general builder fell 7m onto a concrete floor at a Sheffield construction project in April 2018.

    Sheffield Magistrate heard how the builder was working for and under the control of the defendant. He finished installing a flat rubber roof on a dormer extension at the rear of the domestic property and was leaving the flat roof onto a scaffold.

    The roof access comprised an untied unsecured folding ladder which slipped causing him to fall onto the concrete floor below.

    The 34-year-old sustained shattered heels and a fractured skull resulting in swelling and bleeding on the brain following this incident.

    Risks not assessed and controlled

    HSE found that the main contractor had not completed any risk assessments or method statements or prepared a construction phase plan for this works.

    Operatives on the site were also not trained in work at height.

    • Clear Property Solutions (SY) Limited – of John Street, Sheffield pleaded guilty to contravening Regulation 6 (3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. The company was fined £30,000 and ordered to pay £1302.60 in costs.

    After the hearing, HSE inspector Stuart Whitesmith commented:

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

    In this case the builder suffered life-threatening injuries which could have been avoided by installing guardrails around the perimeter of the flat roof, with a gate and secured ladder access.”

     

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