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Building firm hit with £100,000 fine over safety breach

16th April 2010 | Construction Signs

A Gateshead-based building firm has been fined £100,000 after one of its workers died in a fall from height.

The man was dismantling a hangar roof at Bristol International Airport on December 16th 2006 when he fell through a hole he had cut through the PVC tarpaulin.

He plummeted 30ft and landed on the concrete floor, dying at the scene from the multiple internal injuries he suffered.

Bristol Crown Court heard that his employers, Rubb Buildings Limited, did not have sufficient protective measures and safety signs in place on the man's mobile work platform.

The company pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and in addition to its fine, was ordered to pay £48,795.36 in costs.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Steve Frain said: "The company failed in its duty to ensure there was a properly planned and supervised means of working - there should have been no need to work directly on the roof."

According to HSE figures, a disproportionately high number of people suffer fatal or serious injuries every year in the UK as a result of falls from height in the workplace.

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