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Aston Villa hit with fine after worker's fall from height

2nd June 2010 | Construction Signs

One of England's most famous football clubs has been fined after a man suffered serious injuries in a fall from height at their training ground.

The contractor was working at Aston Villa's Bodymoor Health complex during the demolition of an old building when he fell three metres through a fragile rooflight.

Stratford-on-Avon Magistrates' Court heard that the 34-year-old broke bones in his heels and was left unable to work for six months.

An investigation by the Health ad Safety Executive (HSE) found that the man had not been informed about the unsafe rooflight and was not provided with an internal ladder.

The West Midlands club admitted to breaching Regulation 9(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined £1,350 and ordered to pay costs of £1,610.

In addition, Mechanical Cleansing Services, the man's employer, admitted to contravening Regulation 3(6)(a) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and was fined £1,000 and asked to pay £1,610 in costs.

Damon Roe, a director of the company, was also given the same monetary punishment after pleading guilty to breaching Section 37(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

"If the internal ladder had been used, then this incident would not have happened," said HSE inspector Carol Southerd.

"A simple conversation with the club was all it would have taken to arrange for the blocked ladder to be cleared."

The HSE urges companies to use the appropriate safety signs to protect employees working at height, which is one of the most common denominators in workplace injuries.

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