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Hefty fine after young roof worker injured in fall

The safety practices of the Cheshire based solar panel installation company were so poor that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) suspended their operations following the incident.
The 20-year-old worker had been installing solar panels on the roof of a barn when he fell 6 metres through a Perspex roof light.
The HSE said that the firm had known that the roof lights were fragile but failed to implement any safety measures to help prevent falls and in fact, the firm’s technical director, Ian Black had laughed when a worker asked if they would be using harnesses.
Peter Snelgrove, HSE Inspector, said: “This fall could have been fatal and was entirely preventable.”
Diane Parker, partner and head of personal injury at Atherton Godfrey, said: “After the incident in November 2011, the firm started to use crawling boards and safety netting. Had these measures been in place before the HSE inspection, this young man would not have fallen. His injury was so severe that he had to spend four weeks in hospital and is still unable to work.
Agreeing with the HSE summary of the case, Diane added: “You cannot understate the impact this type of injury has. Besides the financial losses, this young man’s entire way of life has been significantly changed. He is unlikely to be able to return to the same job and will probably have to retrain, his self-confidence has been affected and this in turn has had a drastic impact on his social life.”
Alternative Energy Installations Ltd, which has since gone into liquidation, was fined £30,000 plus £27,000 costs, while Ian Black was fined £7,300 plus £6,700 in costs.
Claiming compensation for an accident at work can be fraught with difficulties. You should contact a specialist personal injury solicitor who has experience in workplace accidents. 

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