A farming partnership has admitted safety failings after a labourer sustained serious injuries in a fall at work.
Andrew Kennedy, then 22, was helping to dismantle a cowshed at Craigley Farms, Gelston, Castle Douglas when the incident occurred on 7 July 2010.
He was on the roof removing roof panels with another worker when he turned and stepped onto a translucent panel, which gave way beneath him and he fell to the concrete floor some four metres below.
Inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) concluded that no risk assessment had been carried out for the work and it could have been easily done without anyone working at height, using plant and equipment on site.
They also pointed out that there was no edge protection or any other means to prevent falls from height.
Craigley Farms, of Craigley, Gelston, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, was fined £6,670 after pleading guilty at Dumfries Sheriff Court to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
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Airlifted to hospital
Mr Kennedy was airlifted to hospital with fractures to his right collarbone and several ribs, as well as a punctured right lung.
A drain had to be inserted to enable the lung to reinflate while he also required surgery to repair his broken collarbone using plates and screws.
“This was an entirely avoidable incident,” said HSE Inspector Brendan Briody, commenting after the case had finished.
“Falls from height remain one of the most common reasons for injuries and even fatalities at work, and it is fortunate that Mr Kennedy survived such a fall.”
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Date Published: December 24, 2013
Author: David Brown