Grimsby firm fined after fall 'halts worker's career'
Posted by Jason Nicholls.
The importance of construction site signs has been highlighted after a Grimsby firm was fined £12,000 after a worker suffered serious injuries when he fell through a garage roof.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said it was unlikely the man would ever work in the construction industry again.
He was working for demolition firm H Cope & Sons in January 2009 when he fell seven feet through a fragile asbestos roof when helping to demolish a block of single-storey garages, Grimsby Magistrates' court heard.
The man shattered his leg, broke his wrist, and had several pins and plates inserted into his limbs over the course of several operations. He has been unable to work since the incident and is in constant pain.
A HSE investigation found a lack of adequate planning on behalf of H Cope & Sons. The regulator said site supervision was so poor the firm did not know employees needed to go onto the roofs to dismantle them.
The firm did not provide equipment like scaffolding and dust suppression, even though it had identified a need for them.
"This incident has had a devastating and long-term impact on the man involved. Sadly, it was also totally avoidable," said HSE inspector Dave Bradley.
Six people in the UK died as a result of a fall from height in 2009/10.
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