A solar panel company has been given a fine of £45,000 after the fatal fall of a worker who died after falling through the roof of a barn. The accident occurred in November 2011 and led to the death of Gregorz Sobko, who worked for Eco Generation Ltd, a company based in South Ribble in Lancashire.
The company was asked to install solar panels on the barn roof and had provided each worker with two wooden boards to stand on while working on the roof. However, the roof was made from fragile panels made from plastic. The company had put netting underneath the panels inside the barn in case of accidents, but they had neglected to put netting under the specific area Mr Sobko was working in. When he stepped on one of the fragile panels by accident he fell through the roof onto the concrete floor below. The fall was five metres in height and he died from his injuries 10 days after being admitted to hospital.
The fine of £45,000 was given in addition to the order to pay £20,515 to cover the costs of the prosecution.
Are falls from height always very serious?
They certainly have the potential to be, yes. According to figures released by the Health and Safety Executive working at height is one of the more dangerous things workers can do in the workplace today. This is why the regulations state there are various measures that should be undertaken to ensure every worker is safe in these situations. This particular hearing found that insufficient measures had been taken to protect the health and wellbeing of the workers, and this led to loss of life. Even when a person survives they can be badly injured.
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If you have been injured at work as a result of falling from a height, make sure you contact Accident Advice Helpline now. You must do so within three years of the accident taking place in order to have a chance of making a compensation claim. You may also call if you have lost a loved one in a similar situation. Contact us now by using our free 24/7 enquiry line – the number is 0800 689 0500 and we’re here to answer your call right now. Don’t delay any longer.
Date Published: February 22, 2015
Author: David Brown