A SOLAR panel company was fined after a worker fell through a skylight on a farm workshop in East Sussex.
On 23 July 2018, an employee of SolarUK Ltd was carrying out solar panel installation work on the fragile roof in Ninfield. As he stood to move, he stepped on an unprotected skylight and fell approximately four metres to the workshop floor below, sustaining multiple and long-term injuries to his wrist.
Fragile roof risk
An investigation found that although the company knew the risks from fragile roofs and unprotected edges, they failed to plan or supervise the work to ensure that access to hazardous areas was prevented. As such the workers were at risk from falls throughout the job.
SolarUK Limited pleaded guilty to breaching the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined £40,000 and ordered pay costs of £2,000 in addition to a victim surcharge of £170.
HSE inspector Nicola Wellard said: “The risks associated with fragile roofs are widely known throughout this industry. Failing to protect workers from this risk is inexcusable. Simple safety measures could have prevented this incident and the long-term injuries to the worker.”