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Contractors fined after serious fall

The dangers of working at heights are again being stated after a worker fell through a roof into a factory, by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

At Edinburgh Sheriff Court on 31st August 2009 TQR Ltd, contractors of Dalkeith and sub contractor David O’Neil, from Cleland near Motherwell were fined £,6000 and £3,000 after both parties pleaded guilty to charges under section 3(1) and 3(2) respectively of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Roof repairs were carried out at a building on the Buttlerfield Industrial Estate, Bonnyrigg, in April 2008 by the contractors TQR Ltd. A workforce was sub contracted by David O’Neil which included the 19-year old who fell through a fragile plastic roof light that gave way, causing him serious injuries.

Discussing this case and other similar previous incidents, HSE inspector Alastair Brown said: “Last year 34 people were killed following falls from height during construction work, making it the largest cause of fatalities in the industry. The measures which should have been taken to prevent this incident happening were straightforward and well documented.”

“Both contractors involved failed to recognise the risks posed by the presence of fragile rooflights on this building, or to establish their fragility prior to work beginning.”

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