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Skylight fall nets fines for roofing firms

Two Northamptonshire roofing companies have been handed fines totally £147,000 after a worker fell 9 m through a skylight onto a concrete floor. The man sustained life-changing injuries, which required surgery to install metal rods into his back.

Skylight fall nets fines for roofing firms
HSE. The fragile skylight that the worker fell through.

Coventry Magistrates’ Court heard last week that principal contractor JDB Industrial Roofing had brought in ACD Roofing to complete recladding on a fragile roof. 

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that when the work commenced on 15 December 2015, ACD Roofing did not install nets nor guardrails. The mobile elevating platform (MEWP) which had been provided as an anchor point for the fall arrest equipment did not have enough capacity. Also, when the injured worker fell, his harness was not attached to anything.

JDB Industrial Roofing of Brooklands Court, Kettering, Northamptonshire pleaded guilty to breaching s 13(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 and was fined £112,000 and ordered to pay £2,216.68 in costs.

ACG Roofing of High Street, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire pleaded guilty to breaching s 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was been fined £35,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,721.78.


Nic Warburton is acting editor, IOSH Magazine

 Nick Warburton is acting editor of IOSH Magazine. He is a former editor of SHP and has also worked on Local Authority Waste and Recycling and Environmental Health Practitioner

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