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Bradford company fined over employee roof fall
9:00am Saturday 5th October 2013 in News
A Bradford construction firm has been fined for neglecting safety procedures which led to a joiner falling through a rooflight at a Leeds factory.
MD Construction, based in Westgate Hill Street, was told to pay £5,000 with £15,000 towards prosecution costs at Leeds Magistrates’ Court yesterday after being found guilty of breaching the 2005 Work at Height Regulations.
The 46-year-old self-employed contractor from Bradford fell from a height of about 20ft when removing ventilation tunnels from a warehouse roof at Johnsons Apparelmaster in Harehills on November 22, 2010.
He suffered a broken elbow and bruising in the incident, which was investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
Despite providing Johnsons with a risk assessment for the work, the court was told by the HSE that no safety measures had been put in place by the company to protect workers against falls through the rooflights.
After the hearing, HSE inspector Martin Hutton, said: “While the injuries in this case were not severe, it is only by sheer good fortune that no-one was killed. A few simple precautions by MD Construction could have prevented this incident from happening in the first place.”