The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recently released the details of a very sad case which was a stark reminder as to why Health & Safety should always be a priority in the workplace.
Solar panel company Blue Sun Energy Limited was sentenced in November for safety breaches after a self-employed labourer fell through a rooflight.
Leeds Magistrates’ Court heard that on 13 December 2018, the 34-year-old, was working on behalf of and under the control of Blue Sun Energy Ltd when he fell approximately 3.5 metres through an unmarked and unguarded rooflight into a shed below.
An investigation by the HSE found the worker was undertaking snagging work relating to the installation of solar panels on the roof of a cowshed. He stepped onto one of the roof lights and fell through it. He suffered a traumatic brain injury, fractured shoulder and severe bruising. He has yet to return to work.
Blue Sun Energy Limited of Avenue Road, Queniborough, Leicester pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974. It was fined £38,019 and ordered to pay £1,071 in costs.
Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Ben Caines said the incident could have easily been prevented if the company had installed adequate edge protection or covered the opening to prevent falls.
This is clearly a tragic case for the individual involved and also shows the types of fines firms can face if they are found guilty of breaching Health and Safety law.
Keep your focus on Health & Safety
We can all be forgiven for sighing at the words health and safety from time to time with the images it conjures up of red tape and restrictions which can often seem to firms like they have been invented just to hold them up in their day to day business. However, this case demonstrates why firms need to be on top of health and safety laws for the sake of their business and those they employ.
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