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    LADDERS WERE INAPPROPRIATE FOR WORK ON ROOF

    Workman paralysed after falling whilst installing roof ladder

    A painting and decorating employer has been sentenced after an employee sustained serious, life changing injuries after falling from height on a Northamptonshire property in August 2018.

    Wellingborough Magistrates heard that the employee was severely injured when he fell from height whilst installing a roof ladder on the pitched roof. As a result he is permanently paralysed from the chest down.

    The defendant was engaged to paint the exterior windows and soffit boards and the dormer windows within the roof. The employee was in the process of setting up ladders to access the dormer windows when he fell.

    Work was not short duration

    HSE investigators found that the incident could have been prevented if the work at height hierarchy had been followed in the planning process.

    Appropriate equipment should have been provided to employees e.g. fully compliant scaffolding. The risk assessment should have identified that this work was not short duration and that the use of ladders was not appropriate.

    • Ian Ramsay – of Padmans Close, Mawsley, Northamptonshire, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. He was sentenced to a 12-month community order, 160 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay costs of £2,124.28 with a surcharge of £85.

    Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Rachel Grant said:

    ”Employers and those in control of any work at height activity must make sure work is properly planned, supervised and carried out by competent people.

    This includes using the right type of equipment for working at height. In this instance, the painting of the soffits and windows was not short duration work and should have been done from appropriate work platforms. Ladders were not the appropriate equipment.”

     

    EXTRACTS FROM HSE WEBSITE – http://www.hse.gov.uk/work-at-height/myths.htm

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