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Company fined for worker’s injuries

Posted in: Employer Negligence Workplace Injuries 

A self-employed roofer has been fined after an employee suffered major injuries falling through a skylight at a Nuneaton industrial estate.

The employee was re-cladding the asbestos roof when he fell seven metres to the factory floor below. He fractured his pelvis, back and foot and was unable to work for several months.

The self-employed roofer was responsible for the work and was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an investigation found he failed to do enough to prevent or mitigate the fall.

He was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £1,000 in costs for a breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Mhairi Lockwood said:

Work at height is a high-risk activity which requires thorough planning and execution. The system of work adopted should be clear and unambiguous, involving detailed sequencing of how the work was going to be carried out and the control measures that need to be in place.”


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