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Worker falls through foundry roof

11th March 2014 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

A worker at a Coventry foundry broke three of his ribs in a fall that was deemed "poorly planned and organised" by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The firm that employed the man was prosecuted after safety failings were uncovered.

The man, who does not want to be named, was told to clean out the gutters at Sarginsons Industries Ltd. While on the roof, he stood on and fell through a fragile roof sheet, of which there were many in the area where he was working.

He broke three ribs in the five-metre fall and cracked several more, as well as suffering from a continued numbness in his left leg. The HSE found that the company had not provided any safe method of working at height, despite a risk assessment stating they were necessary.

Sarginsons Industries was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £899 after pleading guilty to breaching Section 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801702076-ADNFCR


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