Employers are being reminded of the dangers of working at height after a worker suffered multiple injures when he fell through a skylight.
The man sustained two broken wrists, a broken elbow and cuts to his face in the fall from height in July 2013.
Thankfully his injuries were not life-threatening, but not everyone is so lucky. Falls through fragile materials account for more deaths as a result of falling from height than any other single cause.
Touch Access Limited (TAL) attended the site of Beagle Technology Group Limited (BTGL) to clean out roof gutters of the buildings, Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court heard.
During the work, the company director of TAL lost his balance and fell through a plastic skylight.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found TAL failed to ensure the work at height was properly planned and carried out safely, while BGTL failed to provide TAL with adequate information on the hazards and associated risks they would be exposed to.
Touch Access Limited pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. It was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,144.
Beagle Technology Group Limited admitted breaching Section 3(1) of the same act. It was fined £3,500 and ordered to pay costs of £1,144.
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: March 7, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown