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Failure to cover a fragile surface

Principal Contractor failed to ensure covers or effective scaffolding installed

A construction company has been fined after a worker suffered serious injuries after falling from height through a fragile rooflight in October 2015.

Cheltenham Magistrates heard how a sub-contractor, working for King Builders (Gloucester) Ltd, suffered fractured vertebrae, chest and head injuries after falling through the fragile rooflight.

The HSE investigation found that the company, who was the appointed CDM 2015 Principal Contractor, failed to ensure the safety of those working on the roof.

The investigation also found that there were a number of places on the site at Pitt Street, Gloucester where someone could have fallen.


Not the exact photograph, this is a stock item to demonstrate a fall.

PC held accountable for safety of sub-contractor

King Builders (Gloucester) Ltd were convicted of breaching Regulation 4 (1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and have been fined £30,000 and ordered to pay costs of £18,281.70.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Simon Chilcott said:

“Those in control of work have a responsibility to ensure safe methods of working are used and to maintain control of those working for them.

If simple precautions, such as a robust cover or scaffolding, had been in place prior to the incident, the serious injuries sustained by the sub-contractor could have been prevented.”

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2017-11-04T16:11:13+00:00 November 4th, 2017|Falls through Fragile Surfaces|Comments Off on Failure to cover a fragile surface