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Company fined after worker falls five metres from flat roof

A signage company based in Sheffield, has been fined after a worker fell five metres from a flat roof.

Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court heard how Warburton Signs Limited were contracted to erect a large sign to the gable end of an industrial building. Three fitters accessed a neighbouring flat roof to fit the sign when one worker fell from the roof. He sustained life threatening injuries, including a fractured skull, several broken ribs, a collapsed lung and chipped vertebra.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident which occurred on 13 April 2015 found Warburton Signs Limited failed to put in place any measures to prevent a fall from height.

Warburton Signs Limited, of Trident House, High Street, Beighton, Sheffield, pleaded guilty to Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, and was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1538.

HSE inspector Helen Barley said after the hearing: “Failure to prevent falls when working at height can lead to serious injury or death.”

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Roger Bisby is an English television presenter and journalist, known for his expertise in the British building industry.

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  1. Important warning for companies and individuals working on installing roofing systems. Very sad the person was injured, it can be very dangerous if the proper care is not taken. It certainly highlights the vital importance for persons to be well-informed and equipped for caring out such tasks. If the correct methods are followed, it is generally a safe task to perform.

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