Steel Fabricator Fined After Young Construction Worker Falls From Height

A steel fabricator has been sentenced after a young employee fell through a fragile roof whilst at work.

The Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 23rd August 2017, a 19-year old employed by a steel fabricating company was on his first day of working on a roof replacement project at a petrol filling station. Whilst assisting another worker, he took a few steps off the walkway and fell 7.5 meters through a thin metal sheet onto the concrete forecourt below. The young worker suffered serious head injuries, a broken pelvis and a broken wrist as a result of the fall.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the work was not properly planned, appropriately supervised or carried out in a safe manner when the incident occurred. The gentleman had a duty to control how the work was carried out, including staff supervision.

The gentleman pleaded guilty to breaching Section 4 (1) of the Work at Height Regs 2005, and has been fined £12,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,228.70.

Speaking after the hearing, the HSE inspector said: “This young man’s injuries were life-changing and he could have easily been killed. This serious incident and devastation could have been avoided if basic safe guards had been put in place.

“Falls from height remain one of the most common causes of work-related fatalities and injuries in this country and the risks associated with working at height are well-known.”