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Engineering company fined after worker fell through station canopy

petrol station forecourt canopy photo

A Tyne and Wear engineering company has been fined £20,000 after a worker fractured his pelvis. And suffered internal injuries after falling through a petrol station forecourt canopy.

On December 2019, a worker working with G Nicholson (Engineers) Limited was replacing guttering at the top of the canopy petrol station in blue house lane, Washington, Tyne and wear.

At the job, while removing the corrugated metal sheets to allow him to get to the section of the guttering below,

A gust of wind caught the sheet and knocked him off balance causing him to fall 4 metres to the concrete below. And he sustained an injury. 

Canopy incident: Health and Safety Executive report

From the investigation, the health and safety executive found out that there was no risk assessment and method statement available for the activities. And this would have prevented the accident from happening. More so, the company would have adopted appropriate control measures while doing the job. 

The Prosecution.

On 12 October 2022, at the Gateshead magistrate court, G Nicholson (Engineers) Limited of blue house lane, Washington tyne and wear pleaded guilty to breaching section 4 (1) of the working at height regulations 2005. The company was fined £20,000, with £7,825 costs and a victim surcharge of £190.

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