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Worker falls through roof during unsupervised work

27th January 2014 | Warning Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

A building contractor has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after one of his employees fell through a roof.

Gethin Bailey was told to dismantle a barn roof by cutting through bolt heads that were holding the roof sheets together.

The fragile roof gave way, and Mr Bailey fell five metres to the ground. He broke his wrists, an ankle and one of his heels, as well as fracturing two vertebrae.

Ian Robyn Perkins, Mr Bailey's employer, did not warn his employee of the dangers of the work, nor did he arrange for supervision. Without so much as a safety sign, Mr Bailey was unaware of the danger he was in.

Mr Perkins pleaded guilty to a breach of Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act etc 1974. He was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £775 in costs.

HSE inspector Chris Wilcox said: "It is vital contractors and workers recognise that cement roof sheets are not designed to bear loads. Work should be planned so no-one needs to get onto the roof but if this is necessary, proper safeguards should be put in place."ADNFCR-2754-ID-801686441-ADNFCR


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