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    SOLAR PANEL FIRM AWARE OF FRAGILE ROOF RISK

    Workman suffered long-term injuries in 4m fall through rooflight

    A solar panel company has been fined after a worker fell through a skylight during the installation of solar panels on an East Sussex workshop in July 2018.

    Brighton Magistrates heard how the workman was carrying out installation work on the fragile roof in Ninfield.

    He was working on the roof when he stepped on an unprotected rooflight which failed under his weight causing him to fall 4m to the workshop floor below sustaining multiple and long-term injuries to his wrist.

    Company knew risks from fragile surfaces

    FROM HSE GUIDANCE

    HSE investigators  found the company knew the risks from fragile surfaces and unprotected edges but failed to plan or supervise the work to ensure that access to hazardous areas was prevented.

    Workers were at risk from falls throughout the course of the job.

    • SolarUK Limited – of Vantage Point, Battle, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of The Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined £40,000 and ordered pay costs of £2,000 in addition to a victim surcharge of £170.

    Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Nicola Wellard said:

    “The risks associated with fragile roofs are widely known throughout this industry.Failing to protect workers from this risk is inexcusable.

    Simple safety measures could have prevented this incident and the long-term injuries to the worker

     

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