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Man Escapes Serious Injury after Fall through Riding School Roof

A man managed to escape serious injury after falling 6 metres through the roof of a riding school.

The unnamed man was working for MB Facilities Management Ltd. The company had been sub-contracted to work at the Lilypond Farm cleaning gutters. The man was on the roof of the stables when the incident began.

He stepped onto a plastic skylight that was on the roof and it gave way under his weight. He fell six metres and landed on the floor below. Luckily he only suffered minor injuries in what could have otherwise been a fatal incident. The fact that the floor of the riding school was covered in sand is thought to have helped cushion his fall and prevent severe injury occurring.

Inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive investigated the accident and had issues with MB Facilities Management Ltd. Although a risk assessment had identified the dangers of the skylight, staff were not supervised nor were measures taken to prevent falls. Staff had however been told to avoid crossing the skylight.

The company were prosecuted at North Surrey Magistrates’ Court this week in regards to the accident. They admitted to breaking work at height regulations, and were fined £4,000.

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