A facilities and cleaning company based in Knightsbridge, has been prosecuted and fined, after an employee fell through a stable roof.
The employee, who has not been named, was working for MB Facilities Management Ltd and was cleaning out guttering on a stable roof, when he stood on a plastic skylight and plummeted almost six metres into a riding arena underneath.
Miraculously he escaped serious injury, partly due to the fact that the riding arena floor was covered in soft sand, in order to provide a comfortable surface for the horses.
The workers fall was investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), who concluded that although the company had identified the risk posed by the fragile skylight, they had done little to help prevent a fall and merely advised employees not to cross it.
MB Facilities Management Ltd, of Exhibition Road, in London, was fined £4,000 at North Surrey Magistrates’ Court, after admitting a breach of Work at Height Regulations; they also paid the employee who fell £1,000 in compensation.
The HSE also identified the fact that had the worker fallen onto a concrete surface, he could have been seriously injured or even killed.