Worker's fall highlights importance of warning signs
A cladding firm in Wales has been fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £6,750 in costs after one of its employees sustained serious injuries in a fall.
The worker was re-cladding a roof at the Parc Trostre retail outfit in August 2005 when he fell through a skylight which was unprotected and had not been highlighted with warning signs.
After falling four metres onto a mezzanine floor below, the man suffered fractures to his ribs and back, nerve damage to his leg and a loss of memory and hearing.
Ammex, his Llanelli-based employers, were punished on Monday (March 29th) after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Anne-Marie Orrells explained construction firms must focus on protecting their staff from the dangers of working at height.
"Openings, such as skylights, in roofs must have suitable protection around them to prevent workers from falling into them," she said.
HSE figures suggest that there were 243 injuries and one death on Welsh construction sites in 2008-09 as a result of slips, trips and falls.
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