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Builder Fined in Bristol After Worker Suffers Life Changing Injuries

Posted By Kerry Budworth on 2015-10-21 21:54

A builder from Wedmore has been fined for safety failings at Bristol Crown Court after an employee suffered life changing injuries when he fell through a fragile roof light while working. The Crown Court heard how in August 2014, the 25-year-old employee of N C Tucker Limited of Wedmore, fell five metres through a fragile roof light at a farm during roofing work. The HSE investigated the incident and instituted the proceedings. 

First Time Roofing

It was the employee's first roofing job, having only worked for the company for four weeks prior to the incident. In the fall he suffered truly life changing injuries that included brain injury, a fractured spine and broken ribs. There was no fall protection in place and the underside of the roof light had not been safety netted. 

£26,000 Fine

N C Tucker Limited, of The Cottage, Guildhall Lane, Wedmore, was fined a total of £26,000, and ordered to pay £3,738 in costs after pleading guilty to an offence under Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Sue Adsett said:

“The young man who fell has had life changing injuries which have severely affected him and his family. The use of nets to protect against falls through fragile roof lights is well- established in the industry, if nets had been in place this accident would have been prevented”