A Blackburn-based warehouse owner has been fined after an employee of a roofing contractor fell approximately 30 feet through a glass skylight on a warehouse roof resulting in severe life-changing injuries.
Preston Crown Court heard that the roofing contractor has engaged to over-clad the existing roof. Three operatives were employed to carry out the work which started in May 2020. The following day, one of the employees, fell through the roof sustaining serious injuries to his pelvis, arm, knee and face and has undergone extensive surgery since.
The HSE’s investigation found that the client failed to undertake due diligence checks on the roofing contractor’s documents and ensure a construction phase plan was prepared prior to work commencing. The contractor pleaded guilty to failing to adequately plan the work and provide coverings or underslung nets to prevent or mitigate a fall through the fragile roof. They had not completed any health and safety training and did not adequately train the operatives he employed.
The client pleaded guilty to a breach of Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined £96,000 and ordered to pay costs of £36,919.75
Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Jackie Western, said: “The risks from working at height are well known. Those with control of work at height have a duty to ensure safe methods of working, which should include ensuring the use of suitable work equipment and adequate supervision.”
Paul MacArthur has reiterated the words of the HSE officer Jackie Western and said that there are a number of failings here, not all can be pinned on the client however it shows that the control of works should be considered by all parties involved.
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