ROOFING COMPANIES FINED FOR WORKER’S FALL

ROOFING COMPANIES FINED FOR WORKER’S FALL

Two East Midlands roofing companies have been fined after a member of staff fell through a skylight.

The man suffered life-changing injuries from the nine-metre fall in December 2015 and required surgery to install metal rods in his back.

Coventry Magistrates Court heard how ACG Roofing Ltd had been subcontracted by JDB Industrial Roofing Ltd to complete re-cladding work on the fragile roof. At the time of the incident, no guard rails were being used.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that principal contractor JDB Industrial Roofing failed to have effective management systems in place to control the risk associated with working at height and on fragile roofing.

The business, of Brooklands Court, Kettering, pleaded guilty of breaching the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, has been fined £112,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,216.

ACG Roofing Ltd of High Street, Wellingborough, also pleaded guilty of breaching the Work at Height Regulations 2005. It was fined £35,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,721.

HSE inspector Edward Fryer said: "This incident could have been fatal; the worker has suffered life changing injuries due to the company failing to properly plan and supervise work at height.

"This case highlights the importance of proper planning, supervision and implementation of work at height especially on fragile roofing."

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