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Firm fined after worker plunged through skylight
5:00pm Friday 8th March 2013 in News
A WORKER plunged through a skylight and narrowly escaped serious injury after his bosses ignored safety regulations, a court heard.
The employee was installing solar panels on the roof of New Milton Community Centre when he fell more than 12ft.
He only escaped injury because he landed on a raised platform that broke his fall.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found there were no attachment points on the roof for safety harnesses and no protection had been provided for people working near the edge of the roof or the two skylights.
Gendex Ltd appeared at Southampton Magistrates' Court yesterday and admitted two breaches of the Work at Height Regulations.
Gendex, of Court Road, Swanage, was fined a total of £13,000 and ordered to pay £2,477 in costs.