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    Health and Safety News

    Man seriously injures back in fall through roofing void

    By Jonathan Brown on May 4, 2016

    Man seriously injures back in fall through roofing void

    A worker who tripped and fell through a gap in a roof sustained serious injuries to his back and foot.

    The worker, who was employed by a sub-contractor working for Bowmer and Kirkland Limited, was contracted to pour concrete onto the first floor of a building that was under construction at Fort Kinnaird Retail Park, Edinburgh.

    Tripped and fell through void

    He was walking across a floor that was under construction when his boot caught and he tripped, Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard.

    The employee dislodged an unsecured wooden board that had been placed over the void, exposing an opening of 2 x 1 metres.

    He fell around 4.5 metres through the void and sustained serious injuries to his back
    as well as a broken foot. He was off work for 22 weeks and suffers continuing pain.

    He now has reduced mobility, and finds it difficult to walk or sit for long periods.

    Panel should have been secured

    An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident, which occurred in May 2014, found that the company failed to take suitable and sufficient measures by not fixing the wooden panels placed on the void to prevent a fall.

    Bowmer and Kirkland Limited pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulation 2005 and was fined £6,600.

    Source: Health and Safety Executive

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    Date Published: May 4, 2016

    Author: Jonathan Brown

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