A renewable energy company has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after an employee fell through a roof while installing solar panels.
Eighteen year old Joshua Harry, from Swansea, was lucky to escape with only severe bruising, after he fell a distance of almost six metres through the fragile roof of a children’s adventure farm based in Brecon.
Brecon Magistrates’ Court heard that the teenager was working for WDS Green Energy Ltd, on the day of the accident and was part of a team installing solar panels at the Cantref Adventure Farm.
An investigation into the incident by the HSE revealed that the company had not provided any safety equipment, which could have helped prevent a fall, such as safety netting, crawler boards or harnesses and had failed to undertake adequate risk assessment of the work involved.
WDS Green Energy Ltd of Court Road, in Bridgend, was fined £12,000 and ordered to pay a total of £4,181 in court costs after admitting a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act.
Speaking after the court hearing, a HSE inspector stated that fall from height accidents were a major cause of serious injury and death in the construction industry and as such, it was vital that this type of work was planned and managed correctly.