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Roofing company fined over foreman's fall

A Southampton-based roofing company has been prosecuted after a worker suffered serious injuries, including brain damage, when he fell from a roof.

The 57 year old was working for Focus (Southampton) Ltd. as a foreman on a project to remove an asbestos cement roof at the Kiln Acre Industrial Park on 27 April 2011 when he fell through a fragile skylight.

He suffered neurological damage and swelling to his brain, as well as numerous broken bones including both wrists and both eye sockets.

Portsmouth Magistrates' Court heard that the company had been contracted by Kiln Acre Management to remove and replace an old asbestos cement roof above two units on the Industrial Park in Fareham.

The work had been planned and a risk assessment and method statement for the project had been produced. Work equipment including a scissor lift and materials including the new roofing panels had also been provided. The project was then sub-contracted to the foreman and others.

However, the site did not have sufficient protection to prevent the workers from falling.

The investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) established that the company had not taken into account the risk of falling off the roof or from an internal mezzanine floor.

Focus (Southampton) Ltd. of Norham Ave, Southampton, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 7 of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. The company was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £1,000 in costs.


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