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Roofer Injured in Eight Metre Fall Accident

A roofer was injured in an eight metre fall from the roof of a retail unit in Lincoln.

The injured man was a self-employed roofer who had been subcontracted to work on the construction of a retail unit at The Carlton Centre in the city. He was part of a team who had been subcontracted by Roofwise Ltd to install gutter along the side of the roof of the unit.

The unnamed roofer was fixing a section of gutter when he fell. He fell eight metres to the ground below, striking the rail of a scissor lift on his way down. He suffered serious injury in the incident and had to spend weeks in hospital getting treatment.

The man fractured his pelvis, heel and thumb in the fall, suffering injuries that required metal plates to be inserted by medical professionals to treat.

The incident was investigated by the Health and Safety Executive who found issues with roof edge protection at the site. Although edge protection and safety netting had been used on the majority of the roof, the corner where the fall accident happened had been left unprotected.

This week at Lincoln Magistrates Court, Roofwise Ltd pleaded guilty to breaking work at height regulations in regards to the accident, and were fined £3,000. Also, the principal contractor for the site – Taylor Pearson Construction Ltd – pleaded guilty to breaking construction regulations in regards to the fall, and were fined £5,000.

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