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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Health and Safety News

    Man plunged 4 metres in work accident

    By David Brown on July 9, 2014

    An employee suffered multiple injuries in a fall at work following safety failures from a roof repair firm.

    The unnamed 23-year-old worker suffered severe fractures to his eye socket, skull and wrist, back bruising, as well as cuts to his leg and head, while making short-term repairs on May 3, 2011.

    The Dagenham man plunged four metres (or 13ft 1in) from the top of a business park building in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, when a flimsy roof made of asbestos cement collapsed beneath him.

    Stevenage Magistrates fined the Hertfordshire-based business £17,500 on Friday (July 4) after admitting twice breaching the Work at Height Regulations 2005. Reactive Roofing was also told to pay £7,077 costs.

    Head injuries exposed safety failings

    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated and prosecuted Reactive Roofing (UK) Ltd after learning of the man’s head injuries and other suffering.

    Stevenage Magistrates’ Court heard that the HSE found that Reactive Roofing:

    • did not properly plan the job
    • did not fully assess any risks
    • failed to offer safety steps to safeguard staff from falls
    • failed to grasp that relying purely upon scaffold boards set over asbestos sheets was basically unsafe for workers treading upon them in rooftop situations, placing them in danger at several points
    • should have fitted guard rails, coverings, platforms or other appropriate safety equipment instead
    • placed workers at risk not just when installing wooden frames, but also when they were fitting and taking away the boards

    Contact Accident Advice Helpline now

    Helpful, friendly staff at national law company Accident Advice Helpline (AAH) can help people claim work accident compensation if they’ve been injured in slips, trips or falls.

    The company offers a round-the-clock hotline providing free legal advice. You can check out its website which contains an informative blog on a variety of topics.

    Source: Alpha Training Safety Solution

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