Employee seriously injured in warehouse roof fall

Two men have been fined after a worker suffered serious injuries when he fell through a warehouse roof. The 27-year-old had been employed to replace the roof on a large industrial unit in Poole.

He was in hospital for three weeks and has had to undergo numerous operations to repair his injuries.  The employee suffered four broken bones in the bottom of his back, a broken hip and pelvis, a shattered femur, four fractures to his left arm, a fractured right wrist and ligament damage.

The two men responsible were both prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an investigation found they had failed to make sure the work could be carried out safely.

Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court heard today (29 November) he had been walking on the fragile cement roof on 27 March 2012 when his foot went through one of the fragile sheets and he landed on concrete flooring about six metres below.

The men pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 by failing to ensure workers were not put a risk. He was fined £2,500 and ordered to pay costs of £2,000.

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