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Mike Preddy was repairing a roof on a commercial building in Bristol when the surface gave way, resulting in him falling more than seven metres and leaving him with numerous fractures to his legs, ribs, arms and back.
In a subsequent case heard at Bristol Magistrates' Court, Taunton-based firm Associated Roofing & Maintenance admitted breaching a clause of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 as it had not provided its employee with adequate measures to prevent him from falling through a roof light.
Therefore, as the company has accepted liability for the incident, Mr Preddy may be eligible for damages for his ordeal.
Steve Frain of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) observed: "It is the duty holder's responsibility to ensure workers are protected from falling."
Data from the HSE shows that more than 4,000 serious injuries were caused by falling in workplaces in 2008-09.
Posted by Patrick White
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