A stone quarrying company in Dorset has admitted safety failings after a worker was
seriously injured in a fall.
Portland Stone Firms Limited of Easton Street, Portland, was fined a total of £20,000 and ordered to pay £18,992 costs after pleading guilty to two breaches of health and safety law including a breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.
The 50-year-old man, who does not wish to be named, plummeted four and a half metres through a fragile roof to the concrete floor below.
He broke part of his hip bone and sustained a large gash to the back of his head in the fall at the firm’s main depot in Easton Street on 16 August 2012.
Not only did he have to undergo a number of operations to fix his hip, he also later lost his job with the company.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) concluded that the planning and supervision of the work was inadequate, while suitable equipment was not provided and a safe system of work was not implemented.
It told Weymouth Magistrates’ Court that safety measures should have been put in place to mitigate any fall, such as working platforms fitted with guardrails, proper crawling boards, edge protection around the perimeter of the roof, safety nets under the roof or a harness system.
Fall at work
A fall at work can be devastating, which is why people should seek personal injury compensation to cover time of work and recovery costs.
An employer has legal responsibilities towards its employees. If these responsibilities are neglected, workers may be able to claim.
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Source: BBC News