Man falls 5m through fragile barn roof.

A young man has suffered life changing injuries through a workplace fall.

A 23 year old man has been left permanently injured following a fall from a height at his place of work. The employee fell 5 metres through a barn roof after he was asked to dismantle it. The worker was unsupervised at the time no risk assessment had been done to assess the stability of the roof itself.

The employee was asked to dismantle an unused barn and went onto the fragile roof to cut through the bolt heads. It is at this point that the roof gave way and he fell from a height onto a concrete floor suffering broken wrists, ankle and heel and two fractured vertebrae. He has also been diagnosed with arthritis and finds it difficult to walk and hold things and as a result has been unable to return to work.

The HSE investigation found the building contractor breached the Health and Safety Act by asking the employee to work with no supervision, without warning him of the dangers of working on a fragile roof and not advising him how to carry out the job safely.

The business owner pleaded guilty to the breach and was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £775 in costs.

HSE Inspector Chris Wilcox said: “Mr Bailey continues to suffer from severe injuries caused by his needless fall but the consequences could have been even worse.”

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