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    WORKMAN FELL THROUGH ROOF OPENING

    Contractor failed to provide collective edge protection or fall arrest

    Where there was scaffold on site, there were unprotected openings on working platforms increasing the risk of falls from the scaffold.

    A construction company has been fined after a roofer fell over 3m three through an unprotected skylight opening in June 2018 on a project in Kenilworth, Warwickshire.

    Coventry Magistrates heard that the workman was injured when he fell whilst attaching lathes to a roof in preparation for tiling. He sustained multiple fractures which could potentially have resulted in a fatality.

    Failure to protect is “inexcusable”

    HSE investigators found that the skylight openings on this and other roofs on site had no collective or personal edge protection and that there was no scaffold or edge protection on the roof shared with neighbouring properties.

    Where there was scaffold on site, there were unprotected openings on working platforms increasing the risk of falls from the scaffold.

    • Hamblett Building Services Limited – of Warwick Road, Kenilworth, Warwickshire pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. The company was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1078.

    Speaking after the case HSE inspector Tony Mitchell said

    “The risks associated from falls from height whilst working on a roof are widely known throughout the building industry. Failing to protect workers from this risk is inexcusable.

    Simple safety measures could have prevented this incident and the injuries to the worker.”

     

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