Construction companies have been warned that accidents can result in fines and injury compensation claims after a scaffolding business was penalised following an incident in which a worker fell more than ten metres.
Mark Wilson, trading at MWS Scaffolding Services in Hemel Hempstead was fined GBP 5,000 and ordered to pay costs of more than GBP 2,500 after an employee fell through an unprotected fragile roof light.
He suffered a broken leg and cuts, as well as being unable to return to work for more than three months.
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) construction inspector Dominic Elliss said that the company failed to properly assess the area, which led to the work injury.
"A failure to adequately assess the risks in this case meant that simple measures such as the provision of sufficient boarding and clear and robust instruction and supervision of his employees were not undertaken," he said.
It follows news that the HSE has prosecuted London property developer Lahrie Mohamed after uncovering breaches in health and safety law at two Waltham Forest sites.