Two companies have been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after a female employee fell through the roof of a warehouse in Staffordshire.
Burton-on-Trent Magistrates’ Court was told that the twenty seven year old worker, who asked not to be named, was employed by maintenance contractors Riley & Sons and was repairing guttering for animal feed producer Provimi Ltd, at their site in Eastern Avenue, Lichfield.
Whilst on the roof of the warehouse the woman tripped and fell through a skylight, plummeting a distance of almost five metres to the concrete floor below.
The female employee had to take two months off work following the accident, in which she suffered two fractured vertebrae and severe bruising.
An investigation by the HSE revealed that Alan Riley trading as Riley & Sons had no previous experience of working on fragile roofs and did not undertake the necessary precautions to protect his employees from a fall.
Sixty two year old Mr. Riley, from Burton-on-Trent, was fined £2,000 after pleading guilty to a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act.
Provimi Ltd, of Thirsk, in North Yorkshire, also admitted a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act and was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay court costs totalling £1,924.