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Bridgend firm fined for solar panel installer's roof fall

A Bridgend firm has been sentenced for safety failings after a teenage worker plunged nearly six metres through a fragile roof at a children's activity centre.

Joshua Harry, 18, from Swansea, escaped with severe bruising to his back following the incident at Cantref Adventure Farm, Brecon, on 28 February 2012. He was one of a team of employees of WDS Green Energy Ltd. installing solar panels at the centre.

On 12 September, Brecon Magistrates' Court was told that an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that the company had not carried out adequate planning for the work and had failed to provide any fall protection.

HSE found there were no safety measures on site on the day, such as crawler boards, netting or harnesses, which could have prevented a fall.

WDS Green Energy Ltd. of Court Road, Bridgend pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, was fined £12,000 and ordered to pay £4,181 in costs.


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