The owner of an industrial building in Warrington has been fined more than £5,000 and ordered to pay £9,000 in court costs after no less than three workers fell through roof skylights in the space of one month.
The first incident at the Bizspace building involved a caretaker and employee at the company falling through a skylight whilst attempting to clean it. He suffered bruising and broke several ribs as a result of the fall.
A second caretaker fell through a different skylight atop the Craven Court building shortly after being sent up to take pictures of the scene of the first incident. Luckily, he managed to escape serious injury.
The final incident occurred on April 10th, 2007, just three weeks later. A 62-year-old man employed by Massey Roofing and Building Contractors fell more than 4m when trying to repair the broken skylights from the previous incidents. He was not as fortunate as the first two workers, as he sustained serious spinal injuries which left him paralysed from the waist down.
Commenting on the incident, as well as highlighting how better health and safety training and more suitable equipment could have prevented the incidents, HSE inspector Martin Heywood said:
“It is astonishing that virtually the same incident was allowed to happen on three separate occasions.”