A man fractured a vertebra and had to have metal plates inserted in his back after falling through a fragile farm roof in a work accident.
His employer has been fined £4,000 for safety failings following the three-metre (9ft 10in) fall in Osgodby near Market Rasen on January 17 last year.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Timmins Engineering and Construction Limited, of Sturton-by-Stow, Lincoln, on Thursday, December 12.
This followed an investigation which found concerns with the system of work in place at the time, Lincoln Magistrates’ Court was told.
Firm’s method was unsafe
The unnamed injured worker, aged 30 from Scampton, and a workmate were replacing fibre cement sheets on a storage building with steel sheets when the incident occurred.
They used a mobile elevated work platform (MEWP), telehandler and crawler boards. One worked inside the building from the MEWP, the other on the rooftop using the crawler boards.
The employee inside the building joined the other on the rooftop to speed productivity.
But as he began to move the next roof sheet he slipped from the crawler board and stepped on a cement sheet.
This wasn’t strong enough to take his weight and snapped, sending him plunging to the ground below.
HSE found that the pre-planned method of work was inherently unsafe.
Timmins Engineering and Construction also paid £985 costs after pleading guilty to two separate breaches of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.
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Source: Lincolnshire Live
Date Published: December 14, 2013
Author: David Brown