Fall at work leaves man blind in one eye

A worker suffered serious head injuries which left him blind in one eye following a fall through a fragile barn roof.

The 31-year-old man was carrying out repairs to the roof when a corrugated panel gave way. The worker fell to the concrete floor of the barn and was airlifted to hospital after sustaining multiple fractures to his skull.

The man in control of the work, along with the farm owner were prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following an investigation into the accident.

The Court heard that the employer had totally failed to plan the work safely and had not used appropriate safety equipment for the work. Both were given fines and ordered to pay costs.

Speaking after the hearing the HSE Inspector said that ‘the only surprise is that the two men managed to complete most of the day’s work before one of them crashed through and was injured.

“The worker suffered severe head injuries as a result of the fall which will affect him for the rest of his life, but he could easily have been killed.

“The owner of the farm should also have done more to make sure the work would be carried out safely.

Falls from height are the biggest cause of workplace deaths in the construction industry, with falls through fragile surfaces accounting for a fifth of the fatalities.

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