Solar panel co’s £40k fine over worker’s 4 m skylight plunge
Monday 12th August 2019
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.