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Firm fined after unsafe work causes fall

13th December 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

A construction worker was injured in a three-metre fall off a roof, in an accident that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said “could have been avoided had a safer system of work been used”.

The employee was replacing fibre cement sheets on a storage building with steel sheets, using a mobile elevated work platform, telehandler and crawler boards.

While working on the roof, he slipped from the crawler boards onto a cement sheet, which broke and caused him to fall onto the ground below, fracturing a vertebra.

Timmins Engineering and Construction of Tillbridge Lane, Sturton-by-Stow, was fined a total of £4,000 and ordered to pay £985 in costs after pleading guilty to two separate breaches of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

HSE inspector Chris Copeman said: “The risk of serious or even fatal injury is high and eminently foreseeable with this type of work, and it is vital that the correct equipment and methods are in place.”ADNFCR-2754-ID-801672348-ADNFCR


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