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Firm prosecuted after worker falls

Firm prosecuted after worker falls
A company has been fined £9,000 and ordered to pay costs of £5,266 after an incident in which a worker fell through a fragile roof.

Stoneswood Construction, which is based in Cheshire and provides new and renovated homes and buildings across the north-west, pled guilty to health and safety charges at Southport Magistrates Court.

The accident occurred in February 2006 when Patrick Gillespie, a ground worker, fell five to six metres through an asbestos cement roof sheet to the concrete floor below.

He suffered a laceration to his head and bruising to the spine as a result of the impact.

Health and safety inspector Robert Hodkinson said: "Falls through fragile material give rise to more fatal accidents in the construction industry than any other single cause."

In 2005-06, there were 24 fatalities and 917 major injuries in construction as a result of falls from height, he added.