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Employers warned after farm labourer falls through roof

Charles Leslie Nendick a worker at Manor Farm in Hull, suffered an accident at work, he was carrying out repairs on a roof when he fell through. The fall caused a gash to his head and fractures to his pelvis, spine and hip.

His employer Frances Caley did not take suitable precautions and was successfully prosecuted for breaching section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, he was ordered to pay costs of £1858 and fined £8000.

HSE Inspector Alan Sheldon commented: “The hazards and risks of working on roofs are well documented. HSE has produced a lot of guidance over many years specifically for the agriculture industry where approximately 70 fatalities have occurred from falls in the last ten years. More than half of these resulted from falls through fragile surfaces.

“In this case a farm employee fell over 4.5 metres to the ground as he stepped from a ladder onto the roof of a farm building. He suffered serious injuries. The measures in place at the time were not adequate to prevent this happening”.

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