Builders fined after worker falls through roof at Glasgow site

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A Kirkintilloch-based building company has been prosecuted after a worker fell through a roof at a construction site in Glasgow.

Fleming Buildings Limited of Auchinloch Road, Lenzie, has been fined £9,335 after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, and Section 33(1)(c) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard how a self-employed joiner was working on the construction site at Claremont Terrace in Glasgow on 22 October 2015.

However, during the work he fell around 3.6 metres onto a pile of timber cut-offs, sustaining multiple fractures to his ribs and to his spine.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that although the company had a risk assessment in place, there were no sufficient measures in place to prevent falls through a void in the roof of the building.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Graham Mitchell said: “Falls from height remain one of the most common causes of work related fatalities in this country and the risks associated with working at height are well known. This incident might have been prevented if suitable and sufficient measures had been in place such as a crash desk or safety net.

“Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the standards required.”

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