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Company fined for breach of working at height regulationsPosted on 14/09/2016

A Manchester company has been hit with a fine following an incident where an employee fell off the roof of a conservatory, resulting in serious injury.

A worker at Phil Coppell Ltd was seriously injured when he fell from a conservatory roof while working. The 59-year-old Bolton man suffered a shattered eye socket and a fractured skull, leading to bleeding on his brain. The incident occurred in 2015 at a property in Newton-le-Willows. The Health and Safety Executive conducted an investigation, resulting in the prosecution of Phil Coppell Ltd.

According to HSE, the same worker had also fallen off a roof in 2013, losing consciousness, while another worker fell through a skylight, breaking several ribs in the process. Manchester and Salford Magistrates' Court was informed that the worker had been carrying out repairs on the roof of the conservatory. When he lost his footing, he fell from the roof around 2.5 metres, landing on the patio.


HSE issued an Improvement Notice when it initially investigated the incident, and the company put a barrier in place to prevent falls from height. The HSE inspector, Christine McGlyn, stated that if the company had learned lessons from the previous incidents, the fall could have been prevented. McGlyn added that there was sufficient guidance in place to prevent accidents like this.

The company received a fine of £40,280 and costs of £1,464.70. Although PPE is generally required to maintain the safety of an employee, the worker may require other measures to prevent accidents from occurring.

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