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Worker falls through roof breaking vertebrae

An energy company has been investigated and fined £20,000 plus, by the HSE after one of its workers fell 15 ft through a roof.

The HSE investigated the incident after there were reports the worker had suffered multiple injuries and nearly died as a result of falling through the fragile structure. A Magistrates’ Court heard how an experienced roofer was working at height installing solar panels at a Garden.

The HSE revealed that, according to their investigations, the work had not been planned or sufficiently supervised. The employee slipped and fell as he climbed the roof, when the cement fibre sheeting he was walking on gave way. He suffered several fractured vertebrae.

The energy company pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, and was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,704.

HSE inspector said: “Working on fragile surfaces is a particularly high risk activity in which many serious accidents occur. Duty holders should do everything possible to protect their workers from the risk of a fall.”

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