Roofing firm fined over fall at work

A roofing company from East Yorkshire has been fined after a young worker suffered a fractured skull in a fall.

Dodds Roofing Services Ltd pleaded guilty to failings after the employee fell from height while installing solar panels at a farm in Tibthorpe on 29 September 2011.

The worker, who wishes to remain anonymous, was 20 years old at the time of the incident and had only started the job a matter of weeks before.

He was one of four employees installing 25 solar panels on the roof at the farm when he fell through a roof light and hit the concrete floor three metres below.

Injuries

Bridlington Magistrates’ Court heard how the employee suffered a fractured skull and temporary partial hearing loss as a result. He has since gone on to make a good recovery and returned to work, although the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) claimed he could has easily sustained even worse injuries.

An investigation by its inspectors found that the firm had failed to act to adequately prevent a fall or to provide safety measures internally, such as nets or a scaffold, to mitigate the effects of a fall. This is despite having provided scaffold and crawling boards on the outside of the farm building.

Dodds Roofing Services Ltd, of The Renewable Energy Centre, Bainton, Driffield, East Yorkshire, pleaded guilty to a breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. It was therefore was fined £9,000 and ordered to pay a total of £10,000 in costs.

Fall at work claim

A fall at work, sometimes referred to as slips and trips, is the most common reported cause of injury at work.

Such incidents can easily lead to personal injury claims, so both employers and employees must be careful, especially when working at height.

HSE statistics show that 40 workers were killed and more than 3,400 were seriously injured in falls from height in 2011/12.

Accident Advice Helpline can help if you wish to make a fall at work claim, covering all the bases so you get the best deal possible.

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