Roofing firm fined after employee falls through skylight

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A roofing company has been fined for breaching health and safety regulations after an employee fell and fractured his wrist…

Worcester-based roofing firm AES (Roofing Contractors) Limited has been fined after an employee broke his wrist after falling through a roof light.

The case, brought before Kidderminster Magistrates’ Court, outlined the failings of the firm to implement effective measures to prevent the accident.

An investigation was undertaken by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after the event, which occurred on 24 April 2015. It found the work was not carried out safely.

AES (Roofing Contractors) Limited pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, and was fined £66,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,825.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Edward Fryer said: “The HSE investigation found that the company fell far below the expected standard. Edge protection was not installed at the perimeter of the roof and should have been.

“The arrangements for preventing falls through the fragile roof relied solely on inadequately specified personal fall protection equipment.

“If collective protection, such as nets and guardrails, had been provided the risk of a fall would have been greatly reduced for all the employees working on the roof.”

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