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Aston Villa fined after contractor suffers 'severe' injuries in fall

Premier League football club Aston Villa has been fined £1,350 after a worker broke bones in his heels when he fell through a roof during the redevelopment of its training ground.

Two contractors from Birmingham-based Mechanical Cleansing Services had been working at the Bodymoor Heath complex near Sutton Coldfield when one of them plunged 3m through a fragile rooflight.

The company had been employed to drain fuel tanks on a roof during demolition of an old building on the site, the Health and Safety Executive said.

Stratford on Avon Magistrates heard the 34-year-old victim was leaving the roof after cleaning the tanks when he fell.

The HSE said: “An internal ladder was blocked so [Mechanical Cleansing Services’ director Damon] Roe decided to use a ladder against the outside front of the building to access the roof’s plant room.

“However, both he and the football club failed to inform workers of the dangers or how to avoid the risk of falling through the fragile rooflights.”

The unnamed worker broke bones in his heels in the fall, and was off work for more than six months.

HSE inspector Carol Southerd said: “Work at height can be very dangerous if not properly planned and although the victim’s injuries were severe, they could have been much worse.”

Aston Villa admitted breaching the Work at Height Regulations. It was fined £1,350 and ordered to pay £1,610 in costs.

Mechanical Cleansing Services admitted breaching the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations and was fined £1,000 and with £1,610 in costs.

Mr Roe was also fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £1,610 in costs after admitting a breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act by failing to provide adequate information about access to the site for his workers.