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£160k fine for potential roof fall

A company from Kent has been fined £160,000 after an employee almost fell through a fragile roof.

M J Allen Holdings, a metalwork casting and machinery company, failed to provide suitable work at height equipment and did not offer to train its employees, an HSE investigation found.

Canterbury Crown Court heard that on 19 September 2014, the employee was working on the roof of the company workshop when he slipped and almost fell through the roof.

As well as the £160,000 fine the company was ordered to pay costs of £5,767, after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, which requires employees to “take suitable and sufficient measures to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, any person falling a distance liable to cause personal injury.”

Speaking after the hearing HSE Inspector Guy Widdowson said: “This incident had the potential to cause significant, life threatening injuries to the employee who was affected.”


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