A Steel Fabricator company has been sentenced and fined after 19 year old employee fell through a roof whilst on his first day of work.

Plymouth Magistrates’ Court heard how the incident occurred, on 23rd August 2017; the construction worker was assisting a colleague with a project at a petrol filling station. The young employee took a step off the walkway and fell 7.5 metres through a tin metal sheet into the forecourt below.

As a result of the fall, the worker suffered head injuries, broken pelvis and a broken wrist.

Further investigation held by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the planning of the work was not to standard, along with the absence of appropriate supervision was carried out when the incident occurred.

Mark Dayment of North Road, South Moulton pleaded guilty to breaching Section 4 (1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, and has been fined £12,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,228.70.

HSE inspector Nicole Buchanan said: "This young man's injuries were life-changing and he could have easily been killed. This serious incident and devastation could have been avoided if basic safe guards had been put in place.

"Falls from height remain one of the most common causes of work-related fatalities and injuries in this country and the risks associated with working at height are well-known."

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