A worker suffered life-changing injuries – including having metal rods inserted in his back – after falling 9 metres through a skylight.
ACG Roofing Limited and JDB Industrial Roofing Limited have both been fined after admitting to breaches of health and safety legislation.
No rails or nets in place
ACG had been subcontracted by JDB to re-clad a fragile roof, Coventry Magistrates Court heard. During the work, a man fell 9 metres through a skylight onto concrete flooring below.
It was revealed that no nets or guardrails were used during the work and the Mobile Elevating Working Platform that had been provided as an anchor point for the fall arrest equipment didn’t have enough capacity.
This meant that when the man fell, he didn’t have his safety harness attached to anything.
JDB had failed to provide any form of effective management systems to control the risk associated with working at height and on fragile roofing, a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found.
JDB pleaded guilty to breaching Section 13(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, has been fined £112,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,216.68.
ACG pleaded guilty to breaching Section 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and has been fined £35,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,721.78.
Could have been fatal
HSE Inspector Edward Fryer said: “This incident could have been fatal; the worker has suffered life-changing injuries due to the company failing to properly plan and supervise work at height.
“This case highlights the importance of proper planning, supervision and implementation of work at height, especially on fragile roofing.”
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: April 7, 2017
Author: Jonathan Brown