Start Your Claim Today

Send us your details, and one of our experts will be in touch.

Successfull form submission tick

Thanks for your details!

One of our legal specialists will review your details and call you back within 24 hours to discuss this further.

Alternatively to speak to a specialist
for FREE call us now on

Successfull form submission tick

Thanks for your feedback!

We take all of our feedback seriously so we can learn what we're doing right, wrong and how we can improve.

If you would like to speak to us regarding your feedback please email us at

Security firm prosecuted after employee’s fall

A security firm based in Essex has been in court after one of its maintenance engineers fell over three metres through fragile ceiling tiles.

What happened?

The engineer had been instructed to fix a faulty roller shutter door, and was attempting to access an electrical control panel in a ceiling void.

He used a ladder supported by a colleague to access the void, then walked across the ceiling panels which were attached directly to the underside of timber joists, using a wooden ply board as a work platform.

After carrying out the work, the ceiling gave way beneath him and he fell onto the floor below, sustaining a fractured elbow and ankle.

An investigation into the incident found that the firm did not have satisfactory risk assessment in place for undertaking work at eight on site.

What was the outcome?

Security Door Systems Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching the Work at Height Regulations 2005, and was fined £6,000 and ordered to pay costs of £440.

HSE Inspector, Corinne Godfrey, said:

“Security Door Systems was a regular contractor at that site but failed
to carry out an adequate risk assessment that identified the
fragile ceiling surface and the need to work above it.

“And in turn, they failed to implement measures to prevent falls
through fragile ceiling surface when work was being
undertaken in the void.

“It was luck rather than good management that someone
had not fallen before.

“Incidents involving falls through fragile roofs are unfortunately
all too common. Employers have responsibility to ensure that
suitable risk assessments are undertaken for work at
height, and to make sure that robust and safe
systems of work are implemented.

“This engineer was very fortunate not to have suffered far more serious
injuries, or indeed injure others as he fell to the ground.”

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

Source: View article

Free Advice

We offer a free legal consultation
to every potential client

No Win No Fee

Many of our claims are offered on
No Win No Fee payment terms

Use our App

Our Free App allows you to
manage your compensation claim

Landscape TrustPilot Widget Mobile Landscape TrustPilot Widget


of our clients were
completely satisfied


of our clients would
use us again


of our clients would
recommend our services


in compensation
recovered for our clients

Screenshot of the Claim Test used to check if you have a claim

Find out how much you can claim with our compensation calculator

It's really quick and easy, find out in 30 seconds.

See what you're owed!
Call us FREE on

or request a call back