09 July 2008
Firm made to pay after worker injured in fall
A company has been issued a fine after one of its employees was seriously injured in a fall.
The accident occurred in January 2007 when a trainee plumber was working in a loft space.
During his activities, he fell ten feet through a skylight which was covered in insulating material, landing on the stairs below.
He sustained injuries to his upper spine as a result and was unable to work for a year afterwards.
At a recent hearing held at the City of London magistrates' court, Homes for Haringey - which took over management of Haringey council's 21,000 homes just over two years ago - was fined £10,000 plus costs of £3,562.
Commenting on the incident, Health and Safety Executive inspector John Crookes said: "It is totally unacceptable that so many lives of employees who work from height continue to be put at risk."