Paint fall

Earlier this week, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)) successfully prosecuted Charles Painting (UK) Ltd of Thorpe Hesley, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, over an incident at Beeley Fabrications, Claywheels Lane, in Sheffield on the 20 June 2007.

The company pleaded guilty to breaching 9 (2) the Work at Height Regulations 2005 at Sheffield Magistrates Court and as well as the £2,000 fine, was ordered to pay £1,000 in costs.

The court heard that employee John Henderson suffered multiple fractures to his legs and arm when he fell through a fragile roof surface. The incident happened as Mr Henderson was preparing to clean roof lights at Beeley Fabrications, Claywheels Lane, in Sheffield. He was pulling water pipes across the roof in preparation to clean, when he fell seven metres through a roof light onto the workshop floor.

The HSE investigation found that there were no working platforms, guardrails, scaffold or sufficient means of protection provided on the roof or underneath to prevent the fall which has seriously changed Mr Henderson’s life.

After the hearing HSE Inspector Alison Crank said, “There were no precautions in place at the time to prevent a fall through the fragile roof or from the roof edge and as a result Mr Henderson sustained long-term serious injury.

“Figures show that falls from height are a major cause of deaths at work in the UK, with more than 4,000 employees suffering a major injury as a result of a fall from height in 2008/09. HSE is determined to raise as much awareness as possible to the hazards and risks of working at height so that employers can take sufficient steps to minimise the serious consequences of a fall.”

Visit http://www.hse.gov.uk/shatteredlives/ for more information about HSE’s latest campaign to combat the dangers of slips, trips and falls from height.

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