HSE report – Five firms fined for breach of working at height regulations
Firstly a Mansfield firm has been prosecuted after an employee fell more than 4 meters through a fragile roof light while installing solar panels on a barn in Barnsley. Fortunately the employee was not killed but did sustain serious injuries. The HSE found the company have failed to provide any safeguards to protect workers from falls or to mitigate the dangers from working on fragile surfaces.
It had also continued to operate in the same way for two days after the fall until the job was finished. There was no-one from the company visiting to investigate or install better safety measures. The HSE identified that the work on the roof had been badly planned and the employees had not been provided with the right equipment. They were either walking on the roof or from ladders spanning it. There were no arrest nets on the underneath or lightweight staging on the roof to support the workers safety. The company was fined a total of £25,000.00 and ordered to pay £541.00 in costs after guilty pleas were entered to two breaches of the work at height regulations.
The case emphasises that falls from height can and do kill as well as seriously injure many hundreds of workers each year. Employers should at all times comply with the work at height regulations and provide for the safety of their employees. Clarkson Hirst Solicitors deal with work at height claims arising from injuries caused by a breach of the regulations and employers negligence.
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2nd July 2014