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Firm fined after roof worker falls

Agricultural building company TMN Fabrications Ltd has been prosecuted for health and safety breaches that led to a worker falling four metres from the roof of a building.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted the firm - based in Spalding Moor, East Yorkshire - for three separate offences relating to the incident. It was fined £22,500, with £7,103 costs.

The company, which is now in liquidation, was found guilty of breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, Regulation 3(2) of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995, and Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 at Beverley Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard that on 28 January 2009, Dean Lightowler, 28, from Goole, fell from the roof of the building at Park Farm, York, as he was fitting fibre-cement roof sheeting.

The company failed to provide adequate edge-protection, nets or suitable work platforms for its employees during the roof work. Meanwhile a month after the incident, employees were again required to work on the roof without safeguards.

Inspector Geoff Clark said: “If these standards are not followed it poses a risk of serious, if not fatal injuries for those at work, and HSE will take action.”

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