Company fined after worker falls through roof

Bodmin Magistrates’ Court heard how a senior roofer working for the company was installing solar panels at a Garden Centre in Cornwall. While traversing the roof, the cement fibre sheeting he was walking on gave way and he fell approximately fifteen feet. He suffered multiple injuries including several fractured vertebrae.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident which occurred in August 2015 found the work was not properly planned or appropriately supervised.

The company from Cornwall, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, and was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,704.

HSE inspector  said after the hearing: “Working on fragile surfaces is a particularly high risk activity in which many serious accidents occur. Duty holders should do everything possible to protect their workers from the risk of a fall.”