A conservatory manufacturer and installer has been fined more than £40,000 for health and safety failings after an employee fell from a conservatory roof and suffered severe head injuries.
Phil Coppell Ltd admitted in court that in 2015 a 59-year-old employee had incurred a fractured skull, bleed on his brain and a shattered eye socket in a workplace accident that may have been prevented if the company had followed regulations.
The conservatory firm also pleaded guilty to failing to report an incident in 2013 when the same employee from Bolton fell form a roof, losing consciousness.
In a separate occasion, another employee had fallen through a skylight and suffered multiple broken ribs.
Company failed to report previous incidents
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found Phil Coppell Ltd had breached several safety regulations.
Manchester and Salford Magistrates Court heard how two workers were initially undertaking roof work to a conservatory at a property in Newton Le Willows in June 2015.
After being left alone on the conservatory roof, the worker became unsteady on his feet and fell approximately 2.5 metres onto a patio area.
Phil Coppell Ltd had not taken preventative measures reduce the risk of employees falling from height.
Since receiving an Improvement Notice from the HSE, the company has developed a barrier which serves as an edge protection to prevent a similar incident reoccurring.
Lessons should have been learnt
A spokesman for the HSE says employees were exposed to the risks of falls over a prolonged period of time.
Phil Coppell Ltd of Cemetery Road, Radcliffe, Greater Manchester pleaded guilty to a breach of Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and breaches of Regulation 3(1) of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995, and Regulation 4(1) of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013, and was fined £40,280 and ordered to pay costs of £1,464.70
HSE inspector Christine McGlynn said after the hearing: “This incident could have been avoided if the company had learnt lessons from two previous similar incidents in 2013. The risks of working from height are well known and there is plenty of guidance available.”
She added that the incident should highlight to other companies, those who carry out work on conservatory roofs, that they should have control measures in place to prevent the risk of falls.”
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: September 24, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown