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Man escapes injury during roof fall

A recent court hearing showed how a narrow escape for a handyman working in Burnley town occurred when he slipped and fell through a fragile rooftop.

The 67 year old man, who has requested not to be named, was on the rooftop working on a leak when he accidently lost his footing, stumbled backwards and fell through a fragile roof panel. He narrowly escaped serious injury after he fell 4 metres, landing on a factory covering.

Matt lea – the investigating Health and Safety Executive (HSE) – described how even though the contractor had been an employee of the Burnley company for over three decades, there was minimal effort ensured to prevent accidents for the nature of the work he was doing. He also added that the use of a cherry-picker was far more appropriate for the task at hand, as opposed to working along a fragile rooftop. The employee was lucky, and could have easily been seriously injured or killed otherwise.

The prosecution, which took place at Reedley Magistrates’ Court, heard that the firm, with nigh 150 employees, allowed the 67 year old to work with unacceptable levels of safety, with nothing put in place to prevent a fall. Lupton and Place Ltd pleaded guilty to the violation of Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 because of this. On the 11th of August 2011, The electronic and automotive production company was fined £6,000 in damages and £6,250 in legal fees.

Over 4,000 workers were injured or killed at work due to a fall last year, and for information on workplace practice and prevention visit www.hse.gov.uk/falls