April 27, 2018

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Firm failed to report fall in time

A home improvements company has been fined after a worker fell from a garage roof.

On 11 May 2015, an employee of Rock Home Improvements Limited was working on a garage roof when he fell 3.4 metres onto the driveway of an adjacent property. The employee suffered a fractured cheek bone, eye socket, ribs, left arm and a collapsed lung as a result.

The HSE’s investigation found the company did not report the incident within the required timeframe, as it is legally obliged to do, and instead waited nine months which prevented a proper investigation.

Rock Home Improvements Limited of Longsight Road, Bury, Greater Manchester, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4 (1) a of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases, and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) and was been fined £2,700 with costs of £1,000.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Seve Gomez-Aspron said: “This incident could so easily have been avoided had the company simply carried out correct control measures and safe working practices.”

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