A 26-year-old worker was seriously injured after falling five metres from the edge of a roof in Strathdon. He was fixing lead onto the flat roof area of a house when the accident occurred.

The worker’s boss — who traded as Donside Slating — was fined for not assessing the safety of the site and not giving any specific instructions on how to perform the work. An investigation revealed that the site also lacked a scaffold platform with proper accommodations.

“[The victim] was very lucky to survive a five metre fall,” said Health and Safety Executive Liz Standen. “He suffered serious injuries because his employer did not ensure that the flat roof area was safe to use, with the necessary fall prevention equipment in place, before work started and he did not given any specific instructions about how to carry out the work safely.”

As a result of the fall, the victim suffered major injuries to his thigh bone and was hospitalised for four days and lost 16 weeks of work.

Although the incident occurred on 10 November 2010, Aberdeen Sheriff Court would not commence sentencing until 14 May 2012. The victim’s boss pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4 of The Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was consequently fined £15,000.

“This incident was completely avoidable if [the victim’s boss] had planned the work in advance and simple measures such as suitable barriers had been in place,” Standen later added.

Statistics show that 38 people in Britain died (in addition to 3,177 serious injuries) from work-related falls in 2010/11. That is why it’s crucial that workers are properly trained in how to operate at heights —Working at Height Awarewness training is designed with this fact in mind.

Didac Working at Height Awareness courses teach learners how to carry out practical risk assessments and how to manage working at height situations in a safe manner that adheres to laws and regulations. You will also learn how to prevent accidents and implement safe systems of work that meet the requirements for working at height.

Article Source: Health and Safety Executive