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Contractors prosecuted after seven metre fall

19th February 2014 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

A seven-metre fall through an unprotected hole in a roof has been deemed "an accident waiting to happen" by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). A Cardiff contractor has been prosecuted due to the safety failings that led to the incident.

The accident occurred when 25-year-old Daniel Thorley, from Llantrisant, was working on the roof of a three-storey building. He walked through a hole, in which a window was scheduled to be fitted, and fell seven metres onto a concrete slab.

The HSE found no measures to prevent workers from falling through the hole, or to protect them on the ground. Blackflair Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. It was fined £7,000 and ordered to pay £1,137 in costs.

District judge Bodfan Jenkins said: “This was an accident waiting to happen and in the circumstances caused serious injuries. The lack of a risk assessment and supervision were the underlying causes.”ADNFCR-2754-ID-801695105-ADNFCR


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