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Man's fall from roof lands firm hefty fine

22nd April 2010 | Health and Safety Signs

An agricultural building firm has been convicted for a number of health and safety breaches after one of its workers fell from an unprotected roof.

The man was attempting to fit fibre-cement roof sheeting at a site in Park Farm, Everingham on January 28th 2009 when he slipped and fell four metres to the ground.

TMN Fabrications, which is now in liquidation, was taken to Beverley Magistrates' Court by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for three offences relating to the incident.

The HSE found that it did not have sufficient edge protection, nets, safety signs or suitable work platforms in place for its employees.

Furthermore, the east Yorkshire-based company did not report the accident for two months, while also failing to improve the safety measures when workers returned to the roof.

At the hearing, TMN Fabrications pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, Regulation 3(2) of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 and Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

It was subsequently fined £22,500 and ordered to pay £7,103 in costs.

Earlier this week, Sims Group UK was hit with a £200,000 fine after a man was crushed to deal by a falling steel sack on one of its sites in Newport.

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