Fine after fall injuries

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A WELDING company worker fell from a barn roof and broke his back in five places after the firm failed to comply with health and safety rules.

Shirebrook’s IFT Services has been fined £4,000 by magistrates after the incident on a job at Clipstone Park Farm, King’s Clipstone, in which the 42-year-old also suffered a fractured skull and internal bleeding while removing roofing sheets.

The court heard the labourer had been in a cage attached to a telehandler carrying out the work from below, but got out to go onto the roof.

The appropriate safety equipment was not used and he plunged four to five metres on to a grain bucket below.

He later recovered but no longer works for the firm.

Following the incident on 28th November 2008, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) took the firm to court.

HSE inspector Lee Greatorex told Mansfield Magistrates’ Court last Wednesday the man had ended up at ‘extreme risk’.

The firm admitted breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

In mitigation, Gary Gallen said the firm had no previous convictions and had invested in new staff and equipment.

Magistrates fined the firm £4,000 plus court costs of £2,000.