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Company fined after worker fractures back and ribs following fall

back and ribs fracture following a fall

On 31 August 2021, Renka Limited workers began the installation of a roof light in a house in Frodsham, Cheshire. They were to use a tower scaffold for the job. However, the tower scaffold was too large to position where they needed them.

Because of this, the workers made another platform using the scaffold board and wedged them between the roof joist.

While doing the work, one of the workers stepped from the roof onto the platform, the board broke, and he fell approximately five meters to the ground.

Health and Safety Executive report on the back and ribs fracture following a fall.

HSE investigated that the Renka Limited of Birmingham Road, Marlbrook, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, failed to plan the work at height. Also, they were unable to provide suitable work equipment to enable safe work.

The fine for the fall

The company was fined £12,000 and ordered to pay £3863.25 in costs at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on 20 February 2023 for breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

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