Two construction companies have been prosecuted by the HSE after a worker fell through a roof after losing his balance on the work platform he was using. He fell nearly 2 metres and suffered a fractured wrist and broken ribs but has since recovered and returned to work.

The HSE investigation found that the platforms used for works were left open and unprotected. Even following the accident, the hand rails and harnesses that should have been in place were not installed.

The companies involved were fined nearly £25,000 in fines and court costs. Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Melvyn Stancliffe said:

This was a completely avoidable incident. The dangers of working on fragile roofs are very well- known in the industry. Such work should never be undertaken without careful planning and making sure the right type of fall prevention and mitigation measures are in place”

Further advice and guidance can be found on the HSE website