Man Seriously Injured In Workplace Fall From Height

Two people have been fined after a worker fell through a roof in a workplace accident in Poole.

Geoff Thompson, who owns Nuffield Industrial Estate, and Michael Davies, of Poole’s Kingston Road and who hired the victim, admitted breaching health and safety regulations in a hearing at Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court on November 29th. Thompson was fined £1,500 with costs of £5,000 while Davies was fined £2,500 with costs of £2,000.

Bradley White, 27, had been hired to replace an industrial roof at W & S Recycling’s premises when he fell through a fragile cement sheet, falling six metres and landing on a concrete floor. He fractured his left arm in four places, fractured his right wrist, sustained ligament damage and shattered his femur. He also broke his hip, pelvis and four bones in his back.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that the building had not been fitted with fall mitigation and prevention equipment to protect Mr White, such as safety netting and edge protection.

HSE Inspector James Powell said the prosecution should remind all firms involved in construction projects, including clients, that they must ensure all work from height is planned properly and that appropriate safety measures are used.

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