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Roofing firm fined after fall from ladder

21st January 2014 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

A firm has been prosecuted after an accident, deemed “entirely preventable” by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), led to an employee suffering from a series of severe injuries.

Alan Beutner, a decorator for Roofcare Roofing and Building Contractors, was decorating the exterior of a house from a ladder. However, the firm had not provided him with the correct equipment, which caused him to fall.

No scaffolding had been provided, so Mr Beutner had to use a ladder to reach the areas he was decorating. The ladder provided had a safe working load of 95 kg, while Mr Beutner weighed 110 kg.

The ladder had also not been tied to the curved ironwork it was leaning against, and wobbled free. Mr Beutner fractured five ribs in the fall, and suffered fractures to his spinal vertebrae and internal injuries.

David Faulkner, a partner in Roofcare, was charged with an offence under the Work at Height Regulations 2005, and pleaded guilty. He was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £5,000 in costs.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801684367-ADNFCR


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