A young man who suffered a broken back when he fell through a barn roof as he installed solar panels two-and-a-half years ago has not been able to work since, a court heard.
The 20-year-old, who had been working for Alternative Energy Installations Limited, was left in hospital for a month following the serious accident at work in November 2011, Northampton Crown Court was told.
His firm, which is now in liquidation, was fined £30,000 and told to pay costs of £27,000 after it was found guilty of a Health and Safety at Work Act breach.
The company’s technical director, Ian Black, of Henallan Street, Denbigh, had admitted the same charge when he previously appeared before magistrates. He was fined £7,300 with costs of £6,700.
Prohibition Notice served
The crown court was told that the employee, who lives in Woolston, Warrington in Cheshire, fell through the roof light at a barn in Daventry, Northamptonshire.
Soft material on the floor six metres below helped break his fall but the court heard the accident had still had a big impact on him.
It heard he has suffered with depression and constant pain since the incident.
Following a Health and Safety Executive investigation and its issue of a Prohibition Notice the job was finished after safety netting and crawling boards were installed at the barn.
Over 6,300 workers were left badly injured in 2013 following falls from height. Nearly 25% of those killed in falls from height had been working on roofs.
Source: Insider Limited
Date Published: April 25, 2014
Author: David Brown