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News / Roofing firms fined after skylight fatality

23 August 2016

Two roofing companies and one of their directors have been fined after a worker was fatally injured falling through a skylight.  

The worker, who was not a trained roofer, was working on the roof of an industrial premises, when he fell 7m through a plastic roof light

The HSE investigation found that the work at height on the roof was not properly planned, managed or monitored and there were inadequate control measures in place to prevent a fall through the skylights.

SPAN Roofing Contractors Limited pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 13(2) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007, and was fined £65,000 and ordered to pay costs of £37,500.

B & T Roofing Solutions Limited pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and was fined a total of £20,000.  A director of the company also pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act and was given a 160 hours community service order.   The company and the director were ordered to pay costs of £32,500 between them.

The HSE Principal Inspector commented following the case that “Falls through fragile roof lights and roofs are one of the biggest causes of fatalities and serious injury in the construction industry.  The issue is well known in the construction industry and there is plenty of guidance available.”

This tragic death could easily have been avoided if the work had been planned, managed and monitored effectively and simple measures put in place to ensure the work could be carried out safely.

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