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UK fines employer after a CCTV workman falls through a rooflight

Editorial Staff

A CCTV installation company from Manchester in the north west of England has been sentenced after an employee fell through a fragile roof light.

Greater Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 30 March 2017, employees of Skycommsuk Ltd were installing several CCTV cameras at a property in Salford. In an attempt to free a cable snagged on a section of pitched roof, the worker who was located on a flat roof, inadvertently stepped through a fragile roof light falling two metres. Landing on an overhead crane structure in the disused warehouse below, he suffered a sprained ankle and was unable to work for six weeks.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the work carried out by Skycommsuk Ltd, was not properly planned and no appropriate control measures were in place to ensure the employees safety when the incident occurred.

Skycommsuk Ltd of Jubilee Road, Middleton, Manchester pleaded guilty to breaching Section 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and has been fined GBP2600 and ordered to pay costs of GBP2000.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Jennifer French said: “These risks could so easily have been avoided if the work at height had been properly planned with simple control measures in place to prevent a risk of workers being exposed to serious injury. "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.”

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