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Water firms fined over man's fall from roof

29th April 2010 | Warning Signs

Two companies have been fined after a man suffered serious back injuries in a fall at a pumping station in Cambridgeshire, it has been confirmed.

The 28-year-old worker sustained a fractured vertebra when he fell through an unmarked fragile roof light while inspecting a rain gauge on August 6th 2007.

His employer, IETG, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 at Ely Magistrates' Court and was fined £1,500 and ordered to pay £3,219 in costs.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that the company had failed to ensure the safety of the man with measures such as warning signs.

In addition, Anglian Water Services, to which the man was sub-contracted, was fined £4,000 and ordered to pay £3,261 in costs after pleading guilty to contravening Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act.

"Proper safety guards and the isolation of power from exposed machinery play an important role in protecting workers from dangerous moving parts," said HSE inspector Penny Leede.

"[The] HSE will continue to prosecute companies that fail to carry out their duties."

Meanwhile, Hamilton Farmers has been fined £20,000 after one of its employees died when a one-tonne pre-cast concrete panel fell on to him.

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