Company Fined Following Serious Roofing Fall

A SHEFFIELD-based construction company has been sentenced for safety breaches after a self-employed general builder fell seven metres onto a concrete floor on site.

On 11 April 2018, the builder was working for Clear Property Solutions (SY) Limited. He had just finished installing a flat rubber roof on a dormer extension at the rear of the domestic property in Abbeydale Road, Sheffield. He was exiting the flat roof onto a scaffold using an untied and unsecured folding ladder when the ladder slipped, causing him to fall.
The 34-year-old builder sustained shattered heels and a fractured skull resulting in swelling and bleeding on the brain following this incident.

An investigation found that Clear Property Solutions (SY) Ltd had not completed any risk assessments or method statements or construction phase plan for the works. Operatives on the site were also not trained in work at height.

Clear Property Solutions (SY) Limited pleaded guilty to contravening the Work at Height Regulations 2005. As a result, the company was fined £30,000, with costs of £1302.60.

HSE inspector Stuart Whitesmith commented: “This incident could so easily have been avoided by simply carrying out correct control measures and safe working practices. In this case the builder suffered life-threatening injuries which could have been avoided by installing guardrails around the perimeter of the flat roof, with a gate and secured ladder access.”

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