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Construction firm fined for contracted joiner’s fall

18th October 2013

The company required someone to remove ventilation turrets from the roof of a warehouse, so that rain-water did not come into the building, and so contracted a 46-year-old joiner.

They provided the self-employed man with a labourer to help him and had undertaken a risk assessment which identified fragile roof lights, however, they failed to put safety measures in place to prevent employees suffering an accident at work.

As a result of this negligence, the contractor fell six metres onto the floor below after his knee went through a roof light while he reached for some work materials.

He was lucky to escape with just a broken elbow and bruises, but no-doubt had to take time off work in order to recover, and this will have caused him to lose earnings.

This month the firm was fined £5,000, and ordered to pay £15,000 in court costs. Now the man might choose to contact a personal injury solicitor to claim compensation for his injuries and related lost earnings.

A Health and Safety Executive Inspector stated after the hearing that “falls through fragile materials during roof works are an all too common occurrence and the risks are well known in the construction-related industries.

“While the injuries in this case were not severe, it is only by sheer good fortune that no one was killed.”

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