Contractor fined for worker’s multiple fractures in fall

7 October 2019 | By Neil Gerrard

A construction firm has been fined after a roof worker sustained multiple fractures after falling three and a half metres through an unprotected skylight.

Coventry Magistrates’ Court heard that on 6 June 2018 a self-employed person working for Hamblett Building Services Limited at a site off Waverley Road in Kenilworth was injured when he fell through an unprotected skylight opening while attaching lathes to a roof in preparation for tiling.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident found that skylight openings on this and other roofs on site had no collective or personal edge protection and that there was no scaffold or edge protection on the roof shared with neighbouring properties. Where there was scaffold on site, there were unprotected openings on working platforms increasing the risk of falls from the scaffold.

Hamblett Building Services Limited of Warwick Road, Kenilworth, Warwickshire pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. The Company has been fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1078.

HSE inspector Tony Mitchell said: “The risks associated from falls from height whilst working on a roof are widely known throughout the building industry. Failing to protect workers from this risk is inexcusable. Simple safety measures could have prevented this incident and the injuries to the worker.”


Fall from heights (FfH) is the main culprit in construction. We need to be robust, non complacent, thorough whether domestic, commercial or industrial we need to adequately identify such hazards and minimise the risk. This could have been a life lost, another family in such great pain for such an avoidable case. Wake up nation builders lets aim for zero harm zero incident zero accident. It can be achieved.

Balfour Burrell, 24 October 2019

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