Fall From Height At Work
A worker who was left seriously injured after falling almost ten feet through a barn roof he was cleaning has led to a company being fined £11,000.
The man suffered a broken collarbone, four broken ribs, a broken cheekbone, concussion and two crushed vertebrae, Chesterfield magistrates heard.
Alongside the fine, TF Jackson Portable Accommodation, of Harpur Hill Industrial Estate, Buxton, were ordered to pay £2,700 costs, following a successful prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
The company admitted a breach of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 for failing to ensure there was a safe system of work in place for people working at height. It also admitted a breach of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 for failing to make a suitable and sufficient risk assessment.
The court heard that on 26 September 2008 the employee was cleaning and painting the roof of a cattle barn at Endmoor Farm in Monyash, Derbyshire, when he stepped onto a PVC roof light which gave way and fell around ten feet to the floor.
HSE inspector Edward Walker said: "They could have for example considered using a cherry picker, prevented access to the roof's fragile areas, installed safety nets under the roof or supplied their employees with harnesses."
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David Urpeth from law firm Irwin Mitchell said: “This is yet another terrible example of an accident at work caused by a worker falling from height.
“Falls from height remain a major source of serious and fatal injuries sustained following a work accident.
“Sadly, I am still seeing a large number of cases of workers who suffer injury in an accident at work following a fall from height.
“I would urge employers to take careful note of the dangers posed to their employees who need to work at height.”