Fine for firm after worker breaks spine

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A CONSTRUCTION firm has been fined after a worker fell through a skylight and broke his spine.

Work was being carried out by Essex-based Prestige Construction Services to build a community centre in Fontley Road, Titchfield in August 2011.

The worker made a full recovery but could not work for six weeks,

Prestige Construction Services Ltd, of Rainham, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive after an investigation revealed there were inadequate measures in place to prevent or mitigate the fall.

Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court heard that there were several holes in the roof where skylights were to be placed, but they were left exposed, with no coverings or guard rails on or around the holes, and no safety nets underneath.

The worker fell almost four metres to the floor below, with his spine taking the impact.

Prestige Construction Services Ltd, of West Close, Rainham, Essex, was fined a total of £30,000 and ordered to pay £9,000 in costs after pleading guilty to single breaches of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and the Construction Regulations 2007.