Two men fined after worker broke pelvis, hip and back plummeting 20feet through Poole warehouse roof

Bournemouth Echo: Fragile roof Fragile roof

TWO men have been fined after a worker plummeted 20 feet through a fragile warehouse roof, sustaining serious injuries.

Bradley White broke four bones in his back, suffered a broken hip and pelvis, shattered his left arm in four places and his right wrist.

The 27-year-old, who was hospitalised for three weeks and needed numerous operations, had been working for Michael Davies to replace the roof at W&S Recycling, Nuffield Industrial Estate, Poole, in March last year. The industrial unit is owned and occupied by Geoff Thompson.

Both Davies and Thompson were prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) at Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court.

The HSE investigation found there was no safety netting or any other measure in place at the site to stop Mr White falling or prevent him being injured. He’d been walking on the fragile cement roof on March 27, when his foot went through one of the sheets, sending him sprawling onto the concrete floor below.

Davies, of Kingston Road, Poole, pleaded guilty to failing to ensure workers were not put at risk. He was fined £2,500 and ordered to pay £2,000 costs.

Thompson, who trades as W&S Recycling, pleaded guilty to failing to ensure arrangements made for managing the project were suitable. He was fined £1,500 and ordered to pay £5,000 costs.

Speaking after Friday’s hearing, HSE Inspector James Powell said: “The dangers of working at height are well known, yet workers undertaking roof work and building maintenance sometimes die or are permanently disabled because of the poor safety standards and lack of safeguards that still exists among some contractors.

“Geoff Thompson did not properly assess Mr Davies’ arrangements for health and safety and determine whether he would be able to do the work safely and without risk.”

W&S Recycling operates across the UK for a number of local councils.

It has formed a partnership with AFC Bournemouth and Bournemouth Borough Council, plus other local companies, to enable local community groups to apply for environmental grants.

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9:57pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Peroni says...

What a pathetic amount to be fined , still in this day and age some ones health and safety is not worth a lot is it !
Wealthy guys abusing workers and risking life or safety just for profit.
What a pathetic amount to be fined , still in this day and age some ones health and safety is not worth a lot is it ! Wealthy guys abusing workers and risking life or safety just for profit. Peroni

7:29pm Mon 9 Dec 13

yasinac says...

Peroni wrote:
What a pathetic amount to be fined , still in this day and age some ones health and safety is not worth a lot is it !
Wealthy guys abusing workers and risking life or safety just for profit.
Surely if this person was contracted to do a job it's up to them to ensure that the correct safety wear and equipment are available and utilised?
[quote][p][bold]Peroni[/bold] wrote: What a pathetic amount to be fined , still in this day and age some ones health and safety is not worth a lot is it ! Wealthy guys abusing workers and risking life or safety just for profit.[/p][/quote]Surely if this person was contracted to do a job it's up to them to ensure that the correct safety wear and equipment are available and utilised? yasinac

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