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Firms fined after worker's fall from height

5th July 2010 | Construction Signs

Two companies have been fined after a man suffered serious back injuries in a fall from height.

The Adam Phillips Plant Hire worker walked across a metal roof at the company's premises at Dixcarte, Crowan which had recently been repaired following storm damage.

However, when he attempted to pull an airline from a separate roof back to the compressor, he stepped on a fragile rooflight and tumbled five metres to the ground.

He landed on harvesting equipment and narrowly missed some dangerous machinery blades, sustaining a fractured vertebra.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that the roof did not contain suitable safety signs and edge protection.

Adam Phillips Plant Hire pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £4,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,694.

Meanwhile, New Generation Daffodils, its contractor, admitting contravening the same legislation and was hit with a £1,500 fine and ordered to pay £1,634 in costs.

"Despite the risks of roof work near fragile materials being well known, fatalities and serious injuries still occur," said HSE inspector Barry Trudgian.

"Risk assessment should always be suitable and sufficient. When applied to roofwork, a high risk activity, this is especially important."

Wolverhampton firm Alexson Homes was recently fined after being found guilty of failing to adequately protect its employees who had been working at height.

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