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  Contractor fined after fall through skylight

Contractor fined after fall through skylight

31 July 2019 Email this article

A London-based construction company, Modern Ltd, has been sentenced after a worker fell through a skylight.

Hendon Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 12 May 2017, a worker was carrying out cladding work from a flat roof in Chiswick. In collecting his tools, the worker walked across, a covered skylight, which he assumed to be strong enough to take his weight. The worker fell through this skylight and has not yet been able to return to work as a direct result of his injuries.

The HSE’s investigation found that  the company had failed to plan or supervise the work at height. As such an opening where a skylight was going to be installed was covered with a fragile material. The workers on site thought this was a solid surface.

Modern Ltd of Brentwick Gardens, London, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of The Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined £31,250.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Adam Thompson commented “The risks associated with fragile roofs are known throughout the construction industry.

“Failing to protect workers from this risk is inexcusable”