Roofing firm fined after employee injured in fall

A roofing firm has been fined after an employee was severely injured when he fell 10 metres through the roof of a school sports hall.

The employee was working on a project to replace the raised roof on the sports hall at a High School in Chorlton when the incident happened.

His employer was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an investigation found the site fell below the minimum legal standards for safety.

Trafford Magistrates’ Court in Sale heard workers had removed old steel beams under part of the roof so that new beams could be installed. However, this meant the corrugated tin panels on part of the structure were left unsupported.

The victim was walking over the roof to his colleagues to get their lunch order when the panels under his feet gave way. He fell ten metres, hitting a section of scaffolding on his way down to the ground.

He suffered a fractured pelvis, broken fingers and his right arm and elbow were smashed to pieces. He has had to have an artificial elbow fitted and has so far been unable to return to work due to the extent of his injuries.

The court was told there was no barrier around the fragile section of the roof, and the scaffolding had only been erected under parts of the roof rather than covering the full width.

His employer pleaded guilty to a breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 after it failed to ensure workers were prevented from standing on fragile parts of the roof.

Recently suffered a workplace injury and want to claim compensation? Call our specialist claim team today on 0800 089 4444 to get a free no-obligation assessment of your case.