Safety officials have prosecuted two companies after a labourer nearly died following a roof fall in an accident at work.
Peter Tracey, 59, plunged over five metres (16ft 4in) onto concrete after stepping on a delicate panel while removing asbestos sheets from a roof in a derelict Poynton factory under demolition.
Last Friday (August 8) Liverpool magistrates fined Hinckley-based project overseers Construction Contracting UK Ltd £12,000 and Haydock-based hirers Local Asbestos Services Ltd £8,000 for safety failings.
Construction Contracting UK was told to pay £23,502 in costs. Magistrates found it guilty of breaking the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007.
Local Asbestos Services was told to pay costs of £6,191. It pleaded guilty to breaking the Work at Height Regulations 2005.
No safety measures
This followed an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which regularly looks into workplace slips, trips or falls.
It revealed that both had let staff up on the roof with no safety measures – such as harnesses or nets – in place.
An agreement between the firms beforehand meant that none of the labourers needed to get up onto the building’s roof. This is because they wanted the underneath scissor lift or cherry picker to remove the asbestos sheets.
But two workers were permitted to go up there. Mr Tracey was one of these.
Mr Tracey, from Fairfield, sustained critical injuries on April 5 of last year and was put into a coma. He suffered collapsed lungs, hip and rib fractures, shoulder tendon rupture and blood in the lungs and had to be taken to hospital by airlift.
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Date Published: August 13, 2014
Author: David Brown