Company fined after Worker seriously injured in Warehouse Roof Fall

The Health and Safety Executive have successfully prosecuted two men after they found that they had failed to ensure that roofing work could be carried out safely.

Bradley White was employed to replace the roof on a large industrial unit at W&S Recycling on Nuffield Industrial Estate on Poole. Sadly Mr White fell through a fragile warehouse roof suffering serious injuries. He needed hospitalisation for three weeks and has needed to undergo numerous operations.

The investigation by HSE found that there was no edge protection, safety netting or any other measure in place at the site to stop Mr White falling or to prevent him from being injured.

The two men were found guilty of various breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 as well as Regulation 9 of the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2007.

This case clearly illustrates the dangers of working at height, yet, as is is seen, all too often workers undertaking this work are seriously injured or die because of poor safety standards and breaches of the Workplace Regulations.

HSE Inspector James Powell commented that: ” This prosecution should serve as a reminder to all involved in construction projects, including clients, that they have a legal duty to ensure work at height is properly planned and robust safety precautions are put in place.”