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Fine for Company after Six Metre Roof Ladder Fall

A roof refurbishment company has been fined after one of its employees was injured in a six metre fall from a roof ladder.

Lee Hanson was replacing roof tiles on a house in Cirencester when the accident happened. The 26 year old was using a roof ladder for the work back in October last year.

Mr Hanson lost his footing whilst undertaking the work, and fell six metres. A bush broke his fall before he hit the ground, but he still suffered injury in the incident. He broke his right wrist, and had to spend two nights in hospital. The injury also kept him off work for six weeks.

The Health and Safety Executive looked into the accident and decided that the company had not provided protection to safeguard its employees working at height.

The accident was not the first time the company had been noticed by the HSE. Earlier that year, one of the firm’s employees had been found working at height on a two-storey house without any edge protection to stop falls. This prompted the HSE to issue them with a Prohibition Notice, which prevents any further work until safety is improved.

In regards to Mr Hanson’s accident, the company – Newlook Roof Coatings Ltd – were yesterday prosecuted for breaking work at height regulations. They were fined £10,000 at Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court.

A HSE inspector stated that Mr Hanson’s accident could have been easily prevented had he been provided with scaffolding to undertake the work safely.

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