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Solar installer fined after roof fall

9 Mar 16 A solar energy company has been fined £20,000 for safety breaches after one of its installers fell through a roof.

Bodmin Magistrates’ Court heard how a senior roofer working for Clean Earth Energy Ltd was installing solar panels at Homeleigh Garden Centre in Launceston. While walking across the roof on 15th August 2015, the cement fibre sheeting gave way and he fell approximately five metres. He suffered multiple injuries including several fractured vertebrae.

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) ascertained that the work was not properly planned or appropriately supervised.

Clean Earth Energy Ltd, of Trenant Industrial Estate, Wadebridge, Cornwall, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at height Regulations 2005. It was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,704.

HSE inspector Nicole Buchanan 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.”

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