Egg supplier fall highlights fragile roof danger

An egg production company and their joinery sub-contractor have been fined after an employee fell through a roof and suffered serious injuries.

The worker, employed by egg supplier T&J Leigh, had been assisting joinery contractor Harry Jackson in re-roofing an old feeding mill when he fell five metres through a gap to the concrete floor below, sustaining serious head and arm injuries.

A HSE investigation into the incident, which took place at Ghyll View Farm in Longton on 1 November 2016, found the roof work was not properly planned with no measures in place to prevent or mitigate a fall through or from the roof.

T & J Leigh of Ghyll View Farm pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc act 1974 and was fined a total of £50,000 with costs of £2,855.32.

Harry Jackson of Much Hoole pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc act 1974 and was given a 16 week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months. He was also ordered to carry out 150 hours unpaid work and pay costs of £2,855.32.

HSE inspector Steven Boyd said: “This avoidable incident resulted in serious injuries, a fall from this distance could easily have been fatal.

“Roof work should always be properly planned with measures put in place to prevent a dangerous fall.

“Companies commissioning roof work should make reasonable checks regarding the competence of a contractor to undertake work at height safely.”

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