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Forest Of Dean Worker Prosecuted Over Friend’s Fall Through Roof

A maintenance worker has been prosecuted by the HSE after his friend fell through a roof.

The self employed worker had asked his friend to help him on a job when the incident took place.  The man, believed to be in his forties fell three metres through an asbestos roof at a disused factory in the Forest of Dean.

The incident took place in September 2012.

According to an investigation carried out by the HSE, the maintenance worker who had been hired to dismantle the roof of the factory had not planned the work properly.  There was no safety equipment or measures in place to prevent falls accidents or mitigate the effects of falls accidents.

The HSE found that the worker used a ladder to gain access, but work could have been carried out more safely if a scaffold tower or a cherry picker had been used.  The HSE also found that the roof lacked guard rails which increased the risk of falls.

Cheltenham Magistrates Court prosecuted Ashley Jones for serious safety failings after the worker admitted to breaching Work at Height Regulations.

He was ordered to pay a fine of £1,250 in addition to £1,000 in costs.

After the hearing, Sue Adsett, the HSE Inspector said that Ashley Jones was a property maintenance worker, but he did not have the training or experience required to work on industrial roofs.

Working on roofs is quite dangerous and falls from heights account for the highest number of deaths in the building and construction industry.  Therefore, it is essential that proper planning is in place and precautions are taken to reduce the risks of falls.

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