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Roofing company fined for employee warehouse fall

A roofing company based in Bristol has appeared in court after an employee fell through a warehouse roof light.

What happened?

An employee of Mitie Tiley Roofing LTD was carrying out patch repair work on the roof of an empty warehouse located in the west end of Edinburgh. During his shift the employee stepped on an unsafe light fitting situated on the warehouse’s flat roof, and fell through to the floor below sustaining serious injuries.

An investigation into the incident found that satisfactory risk assessment had not been carried out by the Bristol-based firm, and the system of work proved to be unsafe.

The court heard that, had the firm put adequate precautions in place the incident could have easily been prevented.

What was the outcome?

The company pleaded guilty to a breach of the Working At Height Regulations 2005 at Edinburgh Sheriff court, and was fined £10,000.

Gary Aitken, Head of the COPFS Health & Safety Division, stated:

“This was an accident that resulted in severe injury to an employee
and which could have been avoided if the appropriate
protective measures had been in place at the time.

“Thankfully the employee has since made a full recovery and the
company has introduced new risk assessments and has
put into practice safe systems of work.”

If you have been affected by an accident at work, and you would like expert advice, contact Hampson Hughes Solicitors today on 0800 888 6888 or email

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