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£66k fine for height safety breaches

13 Apr 16 A roofing company from Worcester has been fined £66,000 after an employee fell through a skylight.

The roof
The roof

Kidderminster magistrates heard how an employee of AES (Roofing Contractors) Ltd fell through a skylight on 24th April 2015 while replacing them on a fragile roof. The worker broke his wrist.

An investigation by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) found that the company had failed to implement effective control measures.

HSE inspector Edward Fryer said: “Edge protection was not installed at the perimeter of the roof and should have been. The arrangements for preventing falls through the fragile roof relied solely on inadequately specified personal fall protection equipment. If collective protection, such as nets and guardrails, had been provided the risk of a fall would have been greatly reduced for all the employees working on the roof.”

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