Employers have been reminded of the importance of ensuring safe working procedures at height, after a construction company was prosecuted following a serious work injury to one of its employees.
Surrey-based Fine Construction UK was fined £15,000 and ordered to pay substantial costs after a builder was left paralysed from a fall at a building site.
The employee suffered serious back injuries as a result of falling through a roof light void at the Pope Lane site and no longer has the use of his legs.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that there was no boarding to cover the roof lights and no crash deck to limit the severity of the man’s fall.
"Forward planning, vigilance and a willingness to spend time and money on suitable safeguards could prevent incidents like this one," commented HSE inspector Kevin Shorten.
The prosecution follows a similar case in which Wolverhampton firm MES Environmental was fined £8,000 after an employee fell six metres onto a concrete floor.