A construction company based in Warrington has been fined £6,500, after two workers fell from a school roof.
Trafford Magistrates Court was told that the two men had been sent to the Barlow Moor High School, to investigate reports of a leak in a flat roof, however while they were on the roof one of the workers leant against a wooden handrail, which promptly collapsed.
His colleague tried to prevent him from falling but both employees ended up plummeting one and a half metres onto a scaffolding platform below.
One of the men suffered a twisted right knee and bruising to his ribs, while his co-worker who had tried to save him from falling, fractured a rib and suffered bruising to his chest and arm.
Principal contractor at the site Cruden Construction Ltd, of Knutsford Road in Grappenhall, was fined £6,500 and ordered to pay £2,530 in prosecution costs after admitting a breach of Work at Height Regulations.
Speaking after the court hearing an inspector from the Health and Safety Executive stated that the two men were lucky to have not been more seriously injured, after narrowly missing metal poles that were sticking up from the scaffolding.
She went on to say that the handrail provided by the company simply wasn’t adequate for the job and safety was compromised as a result.