May 24, 2024
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By Jonathon Hill

It was not “planned” or “monitored” enough.

The roofing company was fined over PS300,000.00 after a Swansea scaffolder fell through a skylight 20ft. A 24-year-old worker fell, broke his femur in two places and developed a blood-clot on a major artery. This caused long-term complications for his health.

Health and Safety Executive prosecuted at Newcastle Crown Court two incidents that involved the same company. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted a case at Newcastle Crown Court involving two separate incidents relating to the same company.

A 24-year-old man fell on his back and broke his femur. He also suffered from a blood-clot that blocked one of his major arteries. This required him to take long-term medications.

Mitie Tilley Roofing Ltd., the London principal contractor of a project in the Plasmarl industrial estate, was found to have “failed” to manage, monitor and plan the work of RM Scaffolding, the Vale of Glamorgan subcontractor for which this man worked. HSE found that Paul Robinson was a partner of RM Scaffolding who failed to properly plan and supervise the project. The HSE also said that he failed to use appropriate fall protection equipment on the roof.

Mitie tilley admitted to violating the section one of the Health and Safety at Work Act, 1974. Mitie was ordered to pay PS27.410.63 as prosecution costs and a fine of PS306,000 following the hearing.

Robinson of Laburnum Way, Penarth, pleaded also guilty for violating Regulation 4 of the Work at Height Regulations, 2005. The sentence was 120 hours of unpaid community work to be completed within 12 months. The court also ordered him to pay PS20.428 as costs.

Billy Hewitt was a Mitie tilley worker who fractured his pelvis when he fell through the roof of a Newcastle factory. The worker was replacing a roof skylight and fell seven meters to the concrete below. After the accident, he spent three weeks in hospital after breaking his left wrist, pelvis and eye socket.

Mitie Tilley was found guilty in April 2023 of violating the Work at Height Regulations of 2005 and section 2 (one), of the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974. Mitie was fined PS575,000 and had to pay PS84.940.08 as costs for the incident.

John Heslop, HSE’s principal inspector said after the hearing: “Too often workers get injured or even die as a consequence of falling through rooflights that are fragile without fall protection or prevention measures. HSE, the construction industry and the law are clear on the steps needed to guarantee safety while working on roofs that may be fragile. HSE won’t hesitate to act against employers that don’t do everything they can to ensure people are safe.”

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