Warwickshire firm fined after worker fell from scaffolding

Roger Smith Installations Limited of Bulkington, Warwickshire has been prosecuted after a worker fell four metres causing bleeding on the brain, damage to his lungs and ribs.

The incident happened at Stirling Avenue, Cubbington on 3 April 2014, when an employee of the company fell whilst working on a soffit and fascia installation. The platform he was working on fell from the ladder brackets which were supporting it. As a result the worker was badly injured.

On 16 June 2015, Nuneaton Magistrates Court heard that HSE’s investigation found that the equipment the company provided was not adequate. The equipment was being used with no guardrails, no toe boards were provided, and the equipment was not installed in line with the manufacturer’s instructions.   

Roger Smith Installations were found guilty of breaching regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined a total of £10,000 and ordered to pay full costs of £1,229 and a victim surcharge of £120.

HSE Inspector Ed Fryer said: “Falls from height remain the most common form of workplace fatality. There is no excuse for not planning work at height properly or ensuring the appropriate safety equipment is used. Access equipment used for working at height should always be installed in line with manufacturer’s instructions.

“This equipment had no guard rails to prevent a person from falling and it could have easily cost this man his life.

“It is vital to ensure that equipment is in good order as structural failures can have terrible consequences. The roofing industry is well aware of the risks involved whilst working at height and the controls which should be put in place to manage those risks.”

For more information on working at height go to http://www.hse.gov.uk/work-at-height/

Notes to Editors

  1. The Health and Safety Executive is Britain’s national regulator for workplace   health and safety. It aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice; promoting training; new or revised regulations and codes of practice; and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement. hse.gov.uk
  2. Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 – Every employer shall ensure that work at height is properly planned; appropriately supervised; and carried out in a manner which is so far as is reasonably practicable safe, and that its planning includes the selection of work equipment in accordance with regulation 7.
  3. HSE press releases are available at http://press.hse.gov.uk/



Article source: http://press.hse.gov.uk/2015/warwickshire-firm-fined-after-worker-fell-from-scaffolding/