Fall from roof leaves worker with broken elbow

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Compensation could be sought by a man who sustained a broken elbow when he fell from a roof while helping a friend at work.

The unnamed man fell through the roof of a disused rubber factory at Bullo Pill, Newnham, Forest of Dean, as he assisted self-employed property maintenance worker Ashley Jones, who had been hired to dismantle the surface in September last year.

He subsequently fell from a height of approx. three metres to the ground below, sustaining a fractured elbow in the process.

An investigation into the incident carried out by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) established that Mr Jones had not properly planned this work in order to make sure the safety of both him and his friend was secure.

For instance, HSE found the man had not put any safety equipment in place that could have prevented or mitigated the impact of the type of fall his acquaintance, who is in his 40s suffered.

In order to access the roof, Mr Jones used a ladder even though a safer option would have been to use a scaffolding tower or cherry picker lift. Furthermore, he did not install any railings around the surface.

As such, the HSE prosecuted him and, in a case heard at Cheltenham Magistrates' Court, Mr Jones admitted breaching Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was subsequently issued with a fine of £1,250 for his negligence.

Sue Adsett, inspector at the body, said that Mr Jones had "neither the training nor experience" to operate on industrial roofs.

"Falls from height are the single biggest cause of deaths and serious injury in the construction industry but proper planning and simple precautions, such as working from platforms below when possible and using edge protection, can reduce the risks," she added.

Official data compiled by the HSE shows that in 2011-12, more than 3,400 workers were seriously injured in falls from height.

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