Two roofing companies have been fined a total of £147,000 after a worker fell 9m through a skylight onto concrete flooring below, suffering life changing injuries which required surgery to install metal rods into his back.
The court was told that JDB Industrial Roofing Limited, who were the principal contractor, subcontracted ACG Roofing Limited to complete re-cladding work on a fragile roof.
The HSE investigation into the incident found that JDB Industrial Roofing failed to have effective management systems in place to control the risk associated with working at height and on fragile roofing.
In addition, no nets or guardrails were being used at the time of the fall, while the Mobile Elevating Working Platform which was being used as an anchor point for the fall arrest equipment did not have enough capacity. The worker's harness was also not attached to anything.
Speaking after the hearing the HSE involved with the case said: “This incident could have been fatal; the worker has suffered life changing injuries due to the company failing to properly plan and supervise work at height.
“This case highlights the importance of proper planning, supervision and implementation of work at height especially on fragile roofing.”
JDB Industrial Roofing Limited of Kettering, Northamptonshire pleaded guilty of breaching CDM regulations and were fined £112,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2216.68.
ACG Roofing Limited of Wellingborough, Northamptonshire pleaded guilty to breaching Work at Height Regulations and were fined £35,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1721.78.