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Roofing Firm Prosecuted Over Worker’s Fall

A roofing firm in Wigan has been prosecuted by the HSE after a worker sustained severe injuries as a result of falls through a roof.

29 year old Lee Bryne fell almost 10 metres through a school sports hall roof whilst trying to replace the raised roof.

The incident took place on 9 November 2011 at Loreto High School.

The employer of the 29 year old, was prosecuted following an investigation which revealed that the site did not meet legal safety standards.

Trafford Magistrates’ Court was told that in order to install new beams, workers had to remove old steam beams from under the roof.   This meant the corrugated tin panels were left unsupported on parts of the structure.

Mr Bryne was on the roof trying to get to his colleague when the panels gave way under his feet.  He fell almost ten metres to the ground.

As a result of the incident, he suffered broken fingers and a fractured pelvis.  His elbow and right arm were also smashed to pieces.   He has been unable to return to work since the incident and required insertion of an artificial elbow.

The court heard that the fragile part of the roof did not have barriers to prevent falls.

K Pendlebury & Sons admitted to breaching Safety at Work Act as it had failed to prevent falls accidents.

The company was fined £10,000 in addition to £3,539 in costs.