A North Yorkshire roofing company has been fined by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) after one of its workers sustained serious injuries when he fell through a gap in scaffolding.
Infiniti Roofing and Construction Ltd has been fined for the incident which occurred on a building site in Eastfield, Scarborough.
York Magistrates’ Court heard that on 15 November 2017 a 20-year-old laborer who was working on the roof fell 3 meters through a gap in the scaffolding onto an office roof below causing injuries to his left wrist and hand.
An investigation by the HSE found that the laborer had stumbled and fallen while moving insulation panels on the roof.
Investigators concluded that although Infiniti Roofing and Construction Ltd had taken measures to reduce the risk of a fall, the scaffolding did not fully extend along the roof in the area where the insulation panels were stacked and stored.
The fall caused the laborer to sustain a dislocation to his left wrist and a broken bone in his hand which has required him to undergo several operations.
Infiniti Roofing and Construction Ltd of Cayton Low Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The company has been fined £22,667 and ordered to pay £7,228 in costs.
HSE inspector Jayne Towey said: “The accident could have been prevented if edge protection, constructed and installed to industry standards, was in place where there was a risk of a fall from height.”
According to HSE’s 2020-21 report on construction site injuries, half of all fatal injuries were caused by falling from height.