This article was published on May 6th, 2015
A 60-year old man from Southport fell 4 metres off a bungalow roof and fractured his skull and back and broke several ribs in the process.
The man was asked to repair a broken ridge tile on the roof of a bungalow. He normally works for a company that specialises in manufacturing and repairing electrical test equipment but the managing director is also a landlord for several homes and asked him to do the repair work on his properties.
After the worker fell off the roof the tenant, of the house being repaired, called an ambulance which then rushed him to Hospital. He was off work for 19 weeks during which he was in the high dependency ward for a week before being transferred to a normal ward.
The HSE carried out an investigation into the accident and it was clear to see that the employee was not trained to do the job and wasn’t even given suitable equipment to carry out the work safely. The thorough investigation found the employee had not been trained in this field and he had not been given any safety equipment such as a harness. As a result, the Southport Company have been fined £6,000 and £961 in prosecution costs after pleaded guilty to the allegations made.
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