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Farming employee injured in fall during unnecessary work

23rd December 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

A Kirkcudbrightshire farming firm has been fined after an employee fell through the roof of a cowshed, fracturing his ribs and collarbone and puncturing his lung.

The cowshed was being dismantled when Andrew Kennedy, who was working on its roof, stepped on a panel that gave way. This caused him to fall four metres onto a concrete floor.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that the job Mr Kennedy was doing did not require anyone to be up on the roof, and could have been completed using equipment already at the site.

Craigley Farms, of Castle Douglas, had not provided any way to prevent falls from occurring, such as guardrails or safety signage.

The firm pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. It was fined £6,670.

Brendan Briody, HSE inspector, said: “This was an entirely avoidable incident. A safer way of demolishing the cowshed could have been achieved without requiring anyone to work at height.”ADNFCR-2754-ID-801675453-ADNFCR


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