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Solar panel firm ignored fall risk

17 Sep 14 The owner of a solar panel business has been fined for safety failings after two brothers fell 15ft through a fragile roof that had not been identified as a risk.

Brynley Perrett, 37, suffered a compression fracture of his back and sternum in the incident at at Llan-y-nant Farm, near Trellech, Monmouthshire, in June, 2013. Anthony Perrett escaped without injury.

They were installing solar panels on a building on behalf of Andrew Green, trading as Green Park Power. He was prosecuted by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) after an investigation found there was no equipment or measures in place, such as nets or scaffold edge protection, to prevent or mitigate a fall.

Cwmbran Magistrates’ Court heard this week (15th September) that Mr Green failed to make an adequate assessment of the risks of working on a fragile roof and did not take sufficient action to reduce those risks.

Andrew Green, of Maple Close, Abergavenny, pleaded guilty to a breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. He was fined £4,500 and ordered to pay costs of £1,500.

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