Three construction companies find a total of £526,499 after worker falls through fragile roof

Three construction companies find a total of £526,499 after worker falls through fragile roof

Three construction companies find a total of £526,499 after worker falls through fragile roof

Portsmouth Crown Court heard how, on 17th December 2015, an employee of a Weymouth insulation company fell 4m through a fragile roof while installing new ventilation ductwork on the Mountbatten Leisure Centre in Portsmouth. The employee suffered six fractures to his back.

The subsequent HSE investigation found that the principal contractor, the main contractor on site and the sub-contractor who employed the injured worker, all failed to sufficiently plan and manage the risk of workers falling through the rooflights present on the Centre.

The principal contractor pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 13(1) of the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015 and was fined £30,666 and ordered to pay costs of £6,646.

The main contractor on site pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1)(a) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined £425,000 and ordered to pay costs of £6,646.

The sub-contractor pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 9(2) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined £70,833 and ordered to pay costs of £6,646.

Speaking after the hearing, the HSE report their Inspector as stating: "Falls from height remain the most common cause of work-related fatalities and serious injuries in the construction industry and the risks associated with working at height are well-known".

"Working on or near fragile materials at height can be particularly dangerous and it is very important that those in control of the work identify the risk, plan to eliminate it if possible, or where it is not possible, take appropriate precautions to safeguard workers and others. Good management will also include regular monitoring that the controls in place are keeping people safe. It was fortunate that in this instance the worker involved made a full recovery, but it could have been a very different outcome."