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North West company fined after employee fell from height

Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court heard that an employee of John Fowler & Son (Blacksmiths & Welders) Ltd fell eight metres through a fragile roof of a timber storage shed, whilst attempting to carry out minor roof repairs on a site in Salford.

The 39-year old man suffered multiple injuries including a broken leg, elbow and ribs. He also punctured his lungs and had his spleen removed as a result of this incident.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found no precautions had been taken to prevent workers from falling through or off the edge of the roof.

It was also found the company failed to properly plan the work at height and it failed to implement a safe system of work which ensured the employees were able to safely carry out the roof work.

John Fowler & Son (Blacksmiths & Welders) pleaded guilty to breaches of Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and Regulation 3 (1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. The company was fined £40,000 and ordered to pay £5,368.23 costs.

Added: 20-06-2017

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