Employers have been warned that they expose themselves to injury compensation claims and fines after a man fell seven metres from a fragile roof in Gateshead.
Lucasz Czuba, 26, was carrying out roof repairs on the building of Shoe City in the town when he stepped onto an unprotected plastic rooflight which gave way, causing him to plunge to the floor of the warehouse, sustaining serious injuries.
His employer Webber Trading was fined GBP 6,000 after pleading guilty to charges at Gateshead Magistrates Court.
"The measures which should have been taken in order to prevent this incident happening are straightforward and well documented," commented Health and Safety Executive inspector Martin Smith.
"It is clear that the director and the company failed to recognise the risks posed in working on the fragile rooflights."
The warning follows a similar announcement made last week after a roofer in Skipton sustained a fractured skull falling from a roof.