21 December 2007
Company pays the price after man is seriously injured in fall
A company has been hit with £3,500 in fines, plus costs of £1,165, following an incident in which a worker nearly lost his life due to a fall from height.
John Ruck Construction, a firm originally established in 1979, plead guilty to breaching health and safety regulations during a recent court hearing.
The accident occurred in December 2006 when employee Mark Woodward fell more than 4.5 metres through a roof while working at Leadon Court.
A subsequent investigation revealed that sufficient measures had not been undertaken by the firm to support or protect people from falling off or through the roofs in the area where Mr Woodward was operating.
Commenting on the case, Health and Safety Executive principal inspector Tony Woodward stated: "The roof where John Ruck Construction was contracted to work had measures in place to protect employees but, when the work plan changed, those employees were passing across other roofs which were totally unprotected."