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Fractured spine lands firm with £150k fine

A Newcastle-based structural steel specialist has been fined £150,000 after one of its workers suffered a fractured spine.

On 20 September 2017 a Northern Structure worker was removing roof sheets from a farm building that was being demolished when he fell 4 m onto the ground.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found a risk assessment and method statement had been prepared for removing the sheets from below, but the sheets were subsequently removed from above.

Northern Structure Ltd of Amble Industrial Estate, Newcastle, was fined £150,000 and ordered to pay costs of £791 after it was found guilty of breaching the Work at Height Regulations 2005 at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

HSE inspector Loren Wilmot said: “Suitable and sufficient measures should have been in place through the use of alternative access equipment.

“This would have negated the need for the employee to be on the roof of the building, therefore eliminating the risk of a fall from height through the roof sheets.”

Northern Structures Ltd has been contacted for comment.

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