An employee who fell seven metres and broke several ribs and his collar bone as well as bruising a lung has seen his former employer prosecuted over the accident at work.
Kirklees magistrates heard that the worker had been installing solar panels on the roof of a barn in the rain without any kind of safety planning or edge protections.
Peter King, trading as Kingson Roofing, Building and Construction and Investment Renewables, was found to be jointly responsible, along with Investment Renewables, which had subcontracted Mr King.
Commenting on the case, HSE inspector Andy Denison said that basic safety precautions could have easily prevented the fall and the painful injuries suffered by the worker.
He added that by failing to assess risks and provide a safe system of work, each party had failed in its responsibilities to protect the worker from danger.
No planning or supervision
Of the three people working on the project, only one had any experience in installing solar arrays and the company manager did not supervise his employees in any way.
There were also no plans in place to mitigate the risks posed by working at height.
Mr Denison went on to say that instead of planning the work thoroughly, Mr King had only looked at a photo of the building and had not even visited the site.
Investment Renewables, of Wakefield Road, Grange Moor, Wakefield, was fined £14,000 and ordered to pay £404 in costs.
Peter King, of Kingson Roofing, Building and Construction, of Wesley Street, Ossett, Wakefield, was fined £10,000, also with £404 to pay in costs, for a breach of the same Act.
Mr Denison warned that many firms were still working on roofs without suitable precautions, despite the fact that clear guidance from the HSE was available.
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