Contractor Fined Following Fall Through Skylight

A CONSTRUCTION company, Modern Ltd, has been sentenced after a worker fell through a skylight.

On 12 May 2017, a worker was carrying out cladding work from a flat roof in Chiswick. Whilst collecting his tools, the worker walked across a covered skylight, which he assumed to be strong enough to take his weight. However, the worker fell through the skylight and, due to injuries, is yet to return to work.

An found that Modern had failed to plan or supervise the work at height. As such an opening where a skylight was going to be installed was covered with a fragile material. The workers on site thought this was a solid surface.

Modern Ltd of Brentwick Gardens, London, pleaded guilty to breaching The Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined £31,250.

HSE inspector Adam Thompson commented: “The risks associated with fragile roofs are known throughout the construction industry. Failing to protect workers from this risk is inexcusable.”

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