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Roofing company fined after worker injured after fall from height

A roofing company has been fined after a worker suffered serious back injuries when he fell from a ladder whilst transporting a bucket full of broken tiles.

10 February 2020

The workers was working on a roof where he was required to carry buckets of materials by hand down the scaffold access latter. The worker was unable to maintain a constant three points of contact with the ladder, resulting in the fall.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the contractor had not provided basic lifting aids, such as a wheel and pulley, which would have eliminated this risk.

The company pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Etc. Act 1974. The company has been fined £28,800.00 and ordered to pay costs of £4,213.70.

A representative of the HSE said:

“This incident could have been so easily avoided by simply providing basic and inexpensive lifting aids, which are industry standard.”

If you require any further assistance or guidance on working at height activities and control measures to eliminate the risks, please get in touch.

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