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Fine after Man Falls through Skylight whilst Painting Roof

A fine has been issued after a worker fell through a skylight whilst painting a roof in Kettering.

Philip Brown had been hired by K.J. Smith & Sons Painters & Decorators Ltd for the work in January 2012. The firm had been sub-contracted by JBN Builders Ltd for a job on an industrial estate in Kettering.

Mr Brown was on the roof of this industrial unit when the incident happened. He was painting the roof when he stepped on a skylight. This skylight shattered with his weight and he fell through.

He fell a total of seven metres in the accident and landed on a concrete floor. Mr Brown suffered extensive and multiple injuries in the fall. He broke bones in his leg, hip, pelvis, elbow and wrist. He also suffered head injuries.

The Health and Safety Executive decided to prosecute both K.J. Smith & Sons Painters & Decorators Ltd and JBN Builders Ltd in regards to the accident. At Corby Magistrates’ Court yesterday the case against both of them was heard.

The HSE stated that K.J. Smith & Sons Painters & Decorators Ltd had not correctly risk assessed the work and put a safe system of work in place. No safety measures were taken for their workers such as harnesses, safety nets or skylight covers.

The HSE also stated that JBN Builders Ltd had failed to ensure the competency or monitor the work of K.J. Smith & Sons Painters & Decorators Ltd.

K.J. Smith & Sons Painters & Decorators Ltd pleaded guilty to breaking work at height regulations in regards to the accident, and were fined £4,500. JBN Builders Ltd pleaded guilty to breaking health and safety regulation and were fined £3,000.

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