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Poor planning leads to worker falling through roof light

Property partnership Alex Brewster and Sons has been fined £4,000 after an employee fell through a roof light. Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard how, two employees were removing roofing panels from a derelict shed in Midlothian. One of the workers stepped on to a roof light, which gave way causing him to fall to the floor […]

Another ball on the roof? We look at this often overlooked risk in schools and sports clubs

The governing body of a high school was recently fined £10,000 after routine maintenance work went wrong.  The assistant site manager was removing footballs from the sixth form centre roof when he lost his footing, falling more than three metres to the ground, sustaining multiple fractures. The HSE’s investigation found that, despite it being a […]

Propert company fined £1.1 million after a worker fell 3 metres

An engineer was testing a sprinkler system at a site in Hemel Hempstead.  In the course of his investigations he climbed onto an internal roof using an extension ladder. The ladder slipped and he fell 3 metres into the gap between the internal roof and the external wall.  Once safely extracted he received treatment for […]

Multiple safety failures lead to £260k fine after worker falls from height

Construction company, Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd was sentenced for safety breaches after worker, Mark Smith, fell 4.8 metres through an unprotected opening. Leeds Magistrates’ Court heard how, Mr Smith, aged 36, was working at Stone Gappe Hall, Lothersdale, Keighley, owned by Richard McAlpine, a director of the McAlpine group of companies. Mr Smith was attaching […]