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Health And Safety Matters

A young man working on a roof recently sustained life changing injuries when he fell.  He broke four ribs and cut both lungs. His pelvis, hip and groin bone were fractured and his back was broken in several places. He spent 10 days in intensive care and six weeks in hospital.

The Company he worked for was fined a total of £9,000, after pleading guilty to offences under the Work at Height Regulations.

The senior manager of the company was fined a total of £3,000, after pleading guilty to the same offences. Costs of £1192 were awarded to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) who brought the case.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Russell Beckett said: “Work on fragile roofs causes a great deal of serious injuries and fatal incidents, work at height must be properly planned, supervised and carried out in a safe manner.”

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training; new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement. Don’t get caught out with Health and Safety regulations, make sure you and your work force are up to date. If you’re not up to date and an employee has an injury you will get fined and could lose your business/job and would you want it on your conscience that one of your employees had life changes injuries?

The Health and Safety Executive web site has all the information you need to make sure you keep your workforce and yourself safe so use it.[2]

Information taken from the HSE web site.

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