Businessman receives fine after employee fall

Self-employed businessman fined after employee falls through roof

The businessman, named Phillip Posnett, has been fined after one of his employees feel through a fragile sky light while working the roof of a farm building.

Mr Posnett’s employee, Ian Kirby, fell when he was replacing broken tiles on the roof, Liverpool Magistrates’ Court heard. After completing repairs on the roof ridge, Mr Kirby stepped onto an adjacent roof to remove debris. Upon stepping onto this fragile roof he fell several feet through the sky light into a tractor scraper parked below sustaining a broken collar bone, broken ribs and a chip to the spine as well as head injuries. He received treatment at hospital and was unable to return to work for six months.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) carried out an investigation into the incident on 13 November 2014 and discovered that no suitable or sufficient risk assessment had been carried out for the job nor had Mr Kirby undergone any specific training for working at height.

Mr Posnett pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, and received a fine of £16,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3,330.80.

HSE inspector Jane Carroll stated: “Falls through fragile roofs are a well-documented hazard when undertaking roof work of any type. This case highlights how a failure to risk assess a job properly and identify the presence of a fragile roof can lead to serious personal injury for workers.”


Post date: 16 May 2016

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