Worker's fall through roof lands two companies with fines
Two companies have been hit with five-figure financial penalties after a man suffered serious injuries in a fall from height, it was confirmed on Wednesday (May 19th).
The 63-year-old man tumbled through a factory roof light, hit a gantry crane and landed on machinery below while working at a site in Hertfordshire on December 24th 2008.
As a result of the seven-metre fall, the man sustained fractured vertebrae in his spine and has been unable to work since.
His employer, Hartog Hutton, pleaded guilty to three health and safety regulation breaches at St Albans Crown Court and was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £7,076 in costs.
Meanwhile, contractor Fluorocarbon Company admitted one contravention at East Hertfordshire Magistrates' Court and was fined £5,000 and told to pay £5,195 in costs.
Health and Safety Executive inspector John Berezansky admitted that the man is "lucky to be alive" after the fall.
"This incident was entirely avoidable and should not have happened," he said.
"Working at height is one of the most obvious and well-known dangers for those involved in repairing or maintenance of buildings."
Companies with employees working at height are urged to implement appropriate safety measures and procedures, such as warning signs.
Posted by Ben Alexander
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