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Site supervisor fined after worker paralysed in fall

29th June 2013 | Construction Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

A site supervisor has been fined after a worker was paralysed when he fell ten metres from the roof of a warehouse in Tyneside. 

Temporary employee Philip Giles plummeted from an unprotected and fragile roof after his supervisor Paul Burke had allowed workers to go on the roof. This was in breach of his company’s safety policy.

Twenty four-year-old Mr Giles suffered multiple injuries in the fall, and was left paralysed after falling ten metres from the roof of a warehouse in Tyneside. 

Durham Crown Court heard that Mr Giles and colleagues were removing roof sheets by gaining access from underneath a scissor lift.

HSE found that when this became difficult, Mr Burke had allowed the workers to go onto the roof, but without the knowledge of his contracts manager. 

At one point, Mr Giles went onto the roof to strip off more sheets, however, he trod on a loose skylight panel that gave way, causing him to fall ten metres to the ground below. ADNFCR-2754-ID-801607418-ADNFCR


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