Egg producer fined for fall from height

By Gwen Ridler

- Last updated on GMT

Egg firm fined after worker falls from height
An egg producer in Preston, Lancashire has been fined £50,000 after a worker fell through a roof and sustained serious injuries.

Preston Magistrates’ Court heard how an employee of T & J Leigh, a partnership of Ghyll View Farm, had been helping the joinery contractor Harry Jackson to re-roof an old feed mill building, when the accident happened.

The worker fell five metres through a gap in the roof to the concrete floor below, causing him serious head and arm injuries.

HSE investigation

An investigation by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident, which took place in November 2016, found the roof work was not properly planned. There were no measures in place to prevent or mitigate a fall through or from the roof.

T & J Leigh of Ghyll View Farm pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc act 1974 and was fined a total of £50,000 with costs of £2,855.32.

Harry Jackson of Much Hoole pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc act 1974 and was given a 16-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months. He was also ordered to carry out 150 hours’ unpaid work and pay costs of £2,855.32.

‘Could have been fatal’

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Steven Boyd said: “This avoidable incident resulted in serious injuries – a fall from this distance could easily have been fatal.

“Roof work should always be properly planned, with measures put in place to prevent a dangerous fall. Companies commissioning roof work should make reasonable checks regarding the competence of a contractor to undertake work at height safely.”

Meanwhile, in September, convenience food manufacturer Greencore was fined £1m for safety failings, after a contractor died following a fall from a stepladder.​ 

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