A futon manufacturing company based in London, has been fined after an employee fell through a sky-light, while clearing leaves from a factory roof.
Westminster Magistrates’ Court was told that the employee, who has asked not to be named, was working for Futon Limited at their factory on Ashley Road, in Tottenham Hale and had been instructed to remove a build up of leaves from the roof.
In order to gain access to the roof area the worker was using a cage which had been lifted into position on the forks of a fork-lift truck, unfortunately as he stepped out onto the roof he stood on a fragile plastic sky-light, which gave way under his weight and sent him plummeting over six metres to the factory floor below.
The unfortunate worker suffered serious personal injury in the fall, including a collapsed lung and a fractured spine.
An investigation into the incident by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that the company usually employed the services of an external contractor to carry out work of this nature but on this particular occasion had decided to carry out the work in-house.
Futon Limited was fined £6,000 after admitting a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act, following a successful prosecution by the HSE at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.