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Solar panel co’s £40k fine over worker’s 4 m skylight plunge

A company that installs solar panels has been fined £40,000 after a worker fell through an unprotected skylight during an installation on a farm workshop in East Sussex.

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Brighton Magistrates’ Court was told how, on 23 July 2018, a SolarUK employee was working on a fragile roof in Ninfield when he stepped on an unprotected skylight and fell around 4 m on to the workshop floor below. He sustained multiple and long-term injuries to his wrist.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that SolarUK had failed to plan or supervise the work to ensure that access to hazardous areas was prevented, even though it knew about the risks from fragile surfaces and unprotected edges.

SolarUK, of Vantage Point, Battle, East Sussex, pleaded guilty to breaching reg 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. The company must also pay £2,000 costs. 


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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