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Devon builder fined for fragile roof fall

A Devon-based construction company has been fined £6,700 after an employee fell more than 5 m through a fragile roof onto a concrete floor.

Devon builder fined for fragile roof fall
The roof area where the employee fell through

Taunton Magistrates’ Court heard this week that 26-year-old Ryan Sartin was repairing a roof at Home Farm, Shepton Beauchamp in Somerset on 23 June 2016 when the incident happened.

T Broom Construction of Pine Park Road, Honiton, Devon pleaded guilty to breaching reg 4 (1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. It was also ordered to pay costs of £1,016.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that the company had failed to install safety netting to mitigate the consequences of a fall and it did not provide a handrail around the roof edge to prevent anyone from falling.

 

Nic Warburton is acting editor, IOSH Magazine

 Nick Warburton was previously acting editor of IOSH Magazine. Before that he was editor of SHP and he has also worked on Local Authority Waste and Recycling and Environmental Health Practitioner

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