Devon firm fined after worker's barn fall
Posted by Ben Alexander.
A firm has been fined £5,000 after one of its employees fell through a barn roof while repairing it, highlighting the importance of health and safety signage.
The farm worker was working for LD Heywood at Gorvin Farm, Woolsery, in September 2009.
He had been asked to cut ventilation holes in the roof of a cattle shed when he fell approximately four metres through a roofing sheet onto the concrete floor. He was working alone, North Devon Magistrates' court heard.
Hartland-based LD Heywood pleaded guilty to a breach of Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The firm's director, Leslie Heywood, who had instructed the worker to carry out the repairs, was also fined £5,000 after pleading guilty to a breach of Section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Both the firm and its director were also ordered to pay £2,500 costs.
Speaking after the hearing, Health and Safety Executive Tony Makin said: "This is a type of incident we see all too often where no precautions have been taken when working on a fragile roof."
"Simple preventative measures would have saved him from these injuries."
According to HSE data, 15 people died as a result of a fall from height last year.
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