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In short: Roofer’s fall lands solar installer with £20k fine

A Cornwall-based renewable energy installer has been prosecuted for breaching the Work at Height Regulations after a roofer fell and sustained spinal injuries.

The Clean Earth Energy worker was installing solar panels at Homeleigh Garden Centre. As he moved along the roof, the cement fibre sheeting he was walking on collapsed. He fell approximately 15ft and fractured several vertebrae.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) launched an investigation into the 15 August 2015 incident and found the work was not properly planned or appropriately supervised. 

At Bodmin Magistrates’ Court Clean Earth Energy was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,074 after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1)  which requires work at height to be properly planned, supervised and carried out.


Keeley Downey is acting deputy editor of IOSH Magazine. She is a former editor of Biofuels International, Bioenergy Insight and Tank Cleaning Magazine

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