Company Director Fined

The company director of a sash restoration company has been fined for safety failings after a worker fell three metres through an unprotected skylight.

The Magistrates’ Court heard how on the 14 July 2014, an employee of the Sash Restoration Company  fell through an unprotected skylight while replacing sash windows on a large manor house, breaking his wrist when landing.

The Health and Safety Executive found that the work was not adequately planned to take account of the risk of working near to a fragile surface. The incident was not reported by the company and only came to HSE attention following a query about the incident from an unnamed source.

The Director of the Sash Restoration Company was fined a total of £3,300, with costs of £1,526, after pleading guilty to an offence under Regulation 9(2) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, and Regulation 4(1) of RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Disease and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations) 2013.