Warwickshire firm fined after worker fell from scaffolding
Roger Smith Installations Limited of Warwickshire has been prosecuted after a worker fell four metres causing bleeding on the brain, damage to his lungs and ribs.
The incident happened at a residential address in Cubbington on 3 April 2014, when an employee of the company fell whilst working on a soffit and fascia installation. The platform he was working on fell from the ladder brackets which were supporting it. As a result the worker was badly injured.
Nuneaton Magistrates Court heard that an HSE investigation found that the equipment the company provided was not adequate. It was used with no guardrails or toe boards and was also not installed in line with the manufacturer’s instructions.
Roger Smith Installations were found guilty of breaching regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined a total of £10,000 and ordered to pay full costs of £1,229 and a victim surcharge of £120.
Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Ed Fryer, said: “Falls from height remain the most common form of workplace fatality. There is no excuse for not planning work at height properly or ensuring the appropriate safety equipment is used. Access equipment used for working at height should always be installed in line with manufacturer’s instructions.
“This equipment had no guard rails to prevent a person from falling and it could have easily cost this man his life.
“It is vital to ensure that equipment is in good order as structural failures can have terrible consequences. The roofing industry is well aware of the risks involved whilst working at height and the controls which should be put in place to manage those risks.”