A roof repairer’s fall through a roof light and subsequent injuries resulted in a £1,600 fine for the contracting firm involved.
Kieran Thomson suffered arm, side and leg bruising as well as cuts to his head and legs in the accident at work, when he caught his heel on the domed plastic roof light and fell five metres.
The incident happened at J Smart & Co (Contractors) PLC’s plant yard at Redbraes Place, Edinburgh on December 7 2012.
No risk assessment on roof work
Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard that Mr Thomson went to hospital and was discharged and returned to work a month later. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the firm did not perform a risk assessment before the work.
It also found no measures like covers or barriers were implemented to prevent anyone stepping or falling on the roof light.
The HSE concluded that the company did not properly plan or appropriately supervise the work at height, and did not ensure it was performed safely.
Worker stepped back and fell
The firm, of Crammond Road South, admitted breaching the Work at Height Regulations 2005.
Mr Thomson was on an old joiners’ workshop roof and asked a co-worker to pass him up a ladder whereupon he levered it on to a scaffold pole and stepped backwards, pulling the ladder on to the roof.
At that stage, the roof repairer caught his heel on the roof light.
Date Published: March 4, 2014
Author: David Brown