Roofing company fined after young worker falls from height

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Infiniti Roofing and Construction Ltd has been fined for breaches of safety regulations after a worker falls from height and sustained multiple injuries whilst working on a building at Havers Hill, Eastfield, Scarborough

York Magistrates’ Court heard that a 20-year-old worker falls from height, through a gap in the scaffolding onto an office roof below causing injuries to his left wrist and hand.

An investigation by the HSE found that when the young worker was moving insulation panels on the roof, he stumbled and fell through the gap.

Although Infiniti Roofing and Construction Ltd had taken measures to reduce the risk of a fall, the scaffolding did not fully extend along the roof in the area where the insulation panels were stacked and stored.

The fall caused the young man to sustain a dislocation to his left wrist and a broken bone in his hand which  has required him to undergo several operations.

Company found guilty for safety breeches

Infiniti Roofing and Construction Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, and were fined £22,667 and ordered to pay £7,228 in costs.

Falls from height can be prevented with correct safety measures

After the hearing, HSE inspector Jayne Towey commented: “The accident could have been prevented if edge protection, constructed and installed to industry standards, was in place where there was a risk of a fall from height.”

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