Devon firm fined after worker's roof fall
Posted by Nicole Stevens.
Businesses have been reminded of the importance of using health and safety signs for employees working at height.
This week, a Devon farm was fined £8,000 after a worker fell about 12ft through a roof, breaking his collarbone and suffering concussion and cuts and bruises.
The 67-year-old, who was self-employed, was checking the roof of Mambury Farm for loose metal sheets in September 2009 when a roof support broke, North Devon Magistrates' court heard.
Speaking after the case, Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Tony Makin said the man could have died.
"Anyone employing people to carry out roof repairs, particularly on older farm buildings, must assess the risks involved and take steps to minimise them," he added.
The farm was also ordered to pay £5,000 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching the Work at Height Regulations 2005.
In 2010, over 4,000 workers suffered major injuries after falls from height. 15 falls proved fatal, HSE figures show.
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