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HSE prosecutes two firms following worker's fall
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a maintenance contractor and an animal feed producer after a woman fell five metres through a roof in an accident at work.
The 27-year-old had been repairing guttering at a site in Lichfield, Staffordshire when she tripped and fell through a fragile warehouse roof.
The woman suffered severe personal injuries, including extensive bruising and two fractured vertebrae. Due to the extent of her injuries she was unable to return to work for two months.
Burton-on-Trent Magistrates' Court heard that the animal feed producers had obtained two quotes to repair the roof, one of which was from the woman's employer.
Despite having no experience working on fragile roofs the contractor was commissioned to carry out the work due to its cheaper price.
An HSE investigation found that no guardrails had been put in place and workers had no safety harnesses or netting to prevent them from landing on the concrete floor if they were to fall.
As a result of the accident at work, both the animal feed company and contractor who employed the woman were fined after admitting to breaching sections of the Health and Safety at Work Act.