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Firm fined following scaffolding fall

5th February 2014 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Nicole Stevens

Two companies have been fined after a scaffolder fell eight metres through a fragile roof light in Cornwall.

The man was working on top of a chemical store erecting scaffolding at Dairy Crest premises at Davidstow in November 2008 when the incident happened.

At the time, the self-employed worker was contracting for specialist fabrication firm Dartmeet Services, which was in turn contracted to creamery owners Dairy Crest to replace the roof on the chemical store.

Although the building had fragile rooflights, he had not been made aware of this and no safety signs or markings were in place to indicate the danger, which resulted in him falling eight metres onto a concrete floor.

As a result of the incident, Dairy Crest Ltd was fined £75,000 and ordered to pay £20,000 at Truro Crown Court, while Dartmeet Services was fined £30,000 with £10,000 costs.

Commenting on the case, Health and Safety Executive inspector Barry Trudgian said: "There should have been signs on the building indicating the presence of fragile rooflights and any work on the roof should have been subject to a thorough risk assessment and supervision."ADNFCR-2754-ID-801690183-ADNFCR


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