A roofer was lucky not to have been killed when he fell from the pitched roof he was working on, causing him serious head injuries, a court heard.
Truro Magistrates’ Court was told that no edge protection was in place to prevent 29-year-old James Hopkin falling from the roof of the terraced house in Torpoint, Cornwall, in April 2013.
His employer, B&C Roofing, of Plymouth, was fined £16,000 and ordered to pay costs of £9,627 after it admitted breaching the Work at Height Regulations.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which investigated the accident at work and brought the prosecution, told magistrates that Mr Hopkin, of Plymouth, had been left bed-bound for over six months after his fall.
The court heard Mr Hopkin’s injuries had been both life-threatening and life-changing.
‘Workers need safeguarding’
Magistrates heard he had been supervising the work on a house in Marine Drive when he fell and landed in the courtyard of a neighbouring property.
The HSE told the court that no edge protection had been installed on the roof to prevent falls.
Speaking after the court case a spokesman for the HSE said there had been a real chance that Mr Hopkin could have died as a result of the fall.
The spokesman said falls from height are the biggest cause of deaths in the workplace, adding that it is vital firms ensure work at height is properly planned and supervised and workers safeguarded by measures.
Accident Advice Helpline can help people who’ve been injured in a fall at work begin a claim for compensation.
Source: Plymouth Herald
Date Published: September 4, 2014
Author: David Brown