20 November 2007
Firm fined after worker falls
An animal feed manufacturer from Speke has been fined after one of its employees fell and injured himself.
Last year, John Dyer, who was working on the firm's premises attempting to repair a gutter, fell eight metres through a roof and broke his arm.
He had accessed the roof via a fire escape, climbing under a handrail and onto the fragile roof where he subsequently plummeted through a skylight.
B Tickle and Sons, a Merseyside company established in the 1860s, pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety regulations and was made to pay over £4,000 at Liverpool Magistrates Court.
Commenting on the case, Health and Safety Executive inspector Martin Paren said: "This was an avoidable incident and the consequences could have been far worse.
"On average one person dies every month at work after falling through a fragile roof or skylight and many others sufferer permanent disabling injury."