Worker suffers warehouse fall injuries

A roofing specialist has suffered serious injuries after falling from height at an industrial unit owned by W & S Recycling on Nuffield Industrial Estate in Poole.

Bradley White, aged 27 at the time of the accident in March last year, fell from a height of more than six metres after his foot slipped through the fragile roof of the building, plummeting to the concrete floor below and suffering multiple fractures and broken bones.

He required three weeks' treatment in hospital following the accident and has since undergone multiple operations to address the long-term nature of his injuries.

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) carried out an investigation into the accident and revealed neither his employer Michael Davies nor property owner Geoff Thompson had made any provision to install edge protection, netting or any other form of safety measure to prevent serious injuries in the case of a member of staff falling from the roof.

As a result, the pair pleaded guilty to breaches of Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and Regulation 9 of the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2007 respectively at Bournemouth Magistrates' Court on Friday (November 29th).

Mr Davies was fined £2,500 for his role in the accident, while Mr Thompson was ordered to pay penalties of £1,500. Both individuals were also told to pay prosecution costs to the HSE.

HSE inspector James Powell commented after the case had been heard, "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 exist among some contractors.

"It is [also] essential that the hazards associated with working at height are recognised and understood by the client who commissions the work."

Mr Powell added the prosecution should act as a reminder to all businesses that require their staff or contractors to work at height that they have a legal duty to ensure all tasks are properly planned and all precautions to reduce the likelihood of fall injuries and fatalities are taken.