Fine for Yorkley worker after friend fell through factory roof
A self-employed maintenance worker has been fined after a friend, who was helping him on a job, fell through the roof of a disused factory.
The injured man, in his forties, suffered a broken elbow when he fell three metres through the asbestos cement roof at a disused rubber factory at Bullo Pill, Newnham, in the Forest of Dean on 4 September 2012.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which investigated the incident, today prosecuted property maintenance worker Ashley Jones for safety failings at Cheltenham Magistrates' Court.
HSE found that Jones, who was employed to dismantle the roof of the building, did not plan the work properly or have any safety equipment in place that might prevent or mitigate the effects of a fall.
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A ladder was used to gain access but the work could have been done safely from a cherry picker lift or scaffold tower. No guard rails were provided around the roof to prevent falls.
Jones, of Parkend Road, Yorkley, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined £1,250 and ordered to pay £1,000 in costs.
Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Sue Adsett said:
"Ashley Jones is a general property maintenance worker and had neither the training nor experience working on industrial roofs.
"Falls from height are the single biggest cause of deaths and serious injury in the construction industry but proper planning and simple precautions, such as working from platforms below when possible and using edge protection, can reduce the risks.
"Working on roofs is potentially dangerous and must be approached in a professional way."
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