A roofing contractor was sentenced today for safety breaches after a worker suffered numerous fractures following a fall through a fragile roof. 
Magistrates court heard how the employee was working on a roof while the company were carrying out external refurbishment of the warehouse of a former retail store at an Industrial Estate. The worker was on the roof working when he fell six metres on to a solid concrete floor. He suffered numerous fractures including his vertebrae, shoulder, ankle, and ribs. 
 
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that while unsecured boards had been provided to cover nearby roof lights, the company failed to provide any other control measures to prevent falls through the roof while the roof sheets were being replaced. 
 
The Roofing company has pleaded guilty to breaching both Regulation 4(1) and Regulation 9(2) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and has been fined £53,000 and ordered to pay £2,465.15 in costs. 
 
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