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Family partnership fined over £1,600 after worker fell through cattle shed roof

After carrying out work he was not contracted to do, an employee of Evans Agri Contracting fell through a cattle shed roof and suffered broken bones and bruising.

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The Rees family partnership pleaded guilty for breaching Work at Height regulations
The Rees family partnership pleaded guilty for breaching Work at Height regulations

A Pembrokeshire family partnership has been fined after a contracted worker fell through a skylight forming part of the roof of a cattle shed.

 

The partnership were fined £5,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,121.55.

 

Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court heard how the Rees family partnership of Gwynne, Margaret, and Richard, had contracted the company Evans Agri Contracting to carry out a one day silage harvest.

 

Sheeting

 

An employee of Evans Agri Contracting became involved in sheeting the silage by lowering plastic sheeting from the roof of a cattle shed.

 

This was not part of the contracted silage harvest, but a job the Rees partnership was carrying out independently.

 

It was while under the Rees family partnership’s direction that the 24-year-old worker tripped and fell through a skylight, at least four meters to a concrete floor.

 

Injuries

 

He was left with a broken right arm and elbow and heavy bruising.

 

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident which occurred on June 17, 2014 found that the work on the roof had not been planned and there was no safe system for the prevention of falls off or through the fragile roof.

 

The Rees family partnership pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

 

 


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