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Company fined after skylight fall puts the worker in a six-week coma

skylight fall incident photo

Skylight fall at MH Costa construction limited.

On 30 November 2018, a worker working under Hertfordshire construction company, MH Costa construction limited, alongside others, was working on an extension flat roof of a 6-storey building. 

At that height, there was an existing opening covered with loose planks. It was created for the installation of a skylight.

While working, he fell from that opening and sustained a head injury resulting in a coma for 6 weeks.

Health and safety executive report

An investigation by the health and safety revealed that the company’s risk assessment records did not consider how to prevent falls through the opening. They also find other issues associated with manual handling, trip hazards, and storage of flammable materials. 

The prosecution for the skylight fall.

On 14 November 2022, at the Southwark Crown Court. MH Costa Construction Limited of Beauchamp Court pleaded guilty to a breach of Regulation 13 (1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. They were fined £96,000 and ordered to pay cost of £18,965.66. 

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