Worker falls from height

2nd March 2018

Worker falls from height

“Falls from height remain one of the most common causes of work fatalities and serious injuries in this country. The risks associated with working at height are well-known. Said Keith Levart HSE principal inspector, who was speaking after a court case last week. 

As reported on the HSE website recently, Prior Homes Limited and company Director Paul Prior have been sentenced after the failure to control the risks associated with working on a fragile roof led to serious injuries sustained after a worker falls from height.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard how two men were removing panels on a fragile roof when one of them fell through to the floor approximately five metres below.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Prior Homes Limited had failed to plan the work on the roof or to carry out this work safely. In addition, the investigation also found that, as the Director Paul Prior was personally in charge of this work, he had consented to the unsafe working practices.

Prior Homes Limited of Station Road, Gillingham, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined £9,334 and ordered to pay costs of £6,398.20. Paul Prior pleaded guilty to breaching section 37(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was sentenced to a custodial sentence of 8 weeks suspended for 12 months and ordered to undertake 100 hours of unpaid work.

Keith Levart also said: “Prior Homes Limited and Paul Prior had established an unsafe and poorly planned working practice which lead to a serious injury to one of the workers, and have today (Friday 23rd February 2018) been held to account for failing to take adequate action to protect the health and safety of persons working on their site.”

Worker falls from height

Working at Height courses are one of our most popular, falls from height are one of the biggest causes of workplace fatalities and major injuries.

Work at height means work in any place where, if there were no precautions in place, a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury. For example you are working at height if you:
■ are working on a ladder or a flat roof;
■ could fall through a fragile surface;
■ could fall into an opening in a floor or a hole in the ground.
Take a sensible approach when considering precautions for work at height. There may be some low-risk situations where common sense tells you no particular precautions are necessary and the law recognises this.

Our Safe Working at Height course is half a day in duration, for up to 10 candidates which means that they cost per delegate is low for ensuring the safety of your staff, and will hopefully prevent accidents like the one detailed above.

We hope you have found this article on ‘Worker falls from height’ beneficial, details of the news report are on the HSE website.

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