A farm worker from East Yorkshire suffered serious personal injury, after falling through a barn roof during renovation work.
Twenty one year old Daniel Boldan Hoggard, from Goole, was working at the Low Hunsley Farm in Cottingham and was attempting to repair a leaking roof on the farm building, when he tripped and fell through one of the barn’s six roof lights.
Mr. Boldan Hoggard fell a distance of almost four and a half metres onto a solid concrete floor, puncturing his lung and kidney and cracking four of his vertebrae, which hospitalised him for seven days and forced him to take six weeks off work, his injuries were so severe that he is still receiving treatment almost a year after the incident.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that the farms owner David Adamson, of Little Weighton, near Cottingham, had failed to carry out an adequate risk assessment of the work involved and had not provided any safeguards to help prevent a fall from height accident.
Mr. Adamson was fined £6,000 and ordered to pay a total of £3,893.90 in court costs, after pleading guilty to a breach of the Work at Height Regulations, following an appearance at Beverley Magistrates’ Court.