Roof hole fall led to broken back injury

A Welsh building contractor has been fined £7,000 after a worker suffered a severe back injury in a seven-metre (22ft 11in) fall.

Daniel Thorley, 25, from Llantrisant, broke his back after plunging through an unprotected hole in a roof of a three-storey Dinas Powys home.

Mr Thorley sustained spinal injuries, needed substantial rehabilitation and could not return to work for over a year.

District Judge Bodfan Jenkins, sentencing at Cardiff Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (February 18), called the fall “an accident waiting to happen”.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated his employer, Brickflair Ltd.

No steps to prevent slips, trips or falls

It found the work had not been properly planned and insufficient measures had been put in place to lessen the danger of staff suffering slips, trips or falls through the roof.

Mr Thorley had been building a block wall when it started to rain and a workmate asked him to help waterproof the flat roof.

A window was being fitted to the roof at the time, the court heard.

As he was laying out and attaching the polythene to the roof, Mr Thorley took a step backwards and fell down the hole to the ground floor, landing on concrete.

The HSE found there was nothing over the hole where the window was to be fitted to safeguard staff and no safety measures underneath to cushion falls.

Brickflair Ltd, of Cardiff, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was also told to pay £1,137 in costs.

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Source: Wales Online

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