This website uses cookies primarily for visitor analytics. Certain pages will ask you to fill in contact details to receive additional information. On these pages you have the option of having the site log your details for future visits. Indicating you want the site to remember your details will place a cookie on your device. To view our full cookie policy, please click here. You can also view it at any time by going to our Contact Us page.

Fined when employee falls from height

16 November 2007

HSE warns employers to use safe systems at work when working at height after worker breaks arm

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has warned employers to ensure they have safe systems of work in place when working at height. The warning follows HSE's prosecution of a Merseyside company after an employee fell eight metres through a roof and broke his arm. Animal feed manufacturer B Tickle and Sons Ltd of Woodend Avenue, Speke were fined £2,500 and ordered to pay costs of £1,828 at Liverpool Magistrates Court yesterday after pleading guilty to breaching section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

On 11 June 2006, John Dyer went onto the roof of the company's building with a colleague to repair a gutter. They accessed the roof via a fire escape, climbing through the handrail onto the fragile roof where Mr Dyer fell through a skylight.

HSE Inspector Martin Paren said: "This was an avoidable incident and the consequences could have been far worse. On average one person dies every month at work after falling through a fragile roof or skylight and many others sufferer permanent disabling injury. Contractors and building owners or occupiers have a joint legal responsibility to ensure that construction, repair or cleaning is planned properly and carried out safely.
If your company does not have the specialist knowledge for this type of work, it should not be attempted. Repairing a fragile roof is potentially high risk. Before work starts, ensure that a competent person assesses the roof using a safe system of work. All those carrying out the repair work must be suitable trained and supervised and follow a method of work based on a risk assessment."

NB: The Health and safety at Work etc Act 1974 section 2(1) says: "It shall be the duty of every employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all his employees."

Print this page | E-mail this page


View more articles
Article image

Why the Law Says You Need a Nappy Bin Disposal Service

At home, parents are used to disposing of their babies’ used nappies the same way they do any other domestic waste - bagging it up and sticking it in the r...

Benchmarking maintenance

BSRIA has just published this year's operation and maintenance benchmarking report as a guide for building operators to evaluate their performance against ...
Article image

Applications open for Young FM Award

Entries are being invited to the Pattenmakers Young Facilities Manager Award for the 2021 trophy....
Article image

Derwent Living launches new FM company

Former MD of Operon, Martin Corbett, has joined forces with housing provider Derwent Living, to form a new FM company, Derwent FM....
Article image

Young Leader of the Year finalists announced

Following a record number of applications for the PFM Awards Young Leader of the Year (YLOTY) category, this year’s finalists have been confirmed....
Article image

Issues of back flushing PIC valves explained

The popularity of Pressure Independent Control (PIC) valves over the last few years has significantly increased and now are the popular choice of many syst...