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Solar firm fined after fall leaves man with brain bleed

A Bristol-based solar panel installation company has been fined £250,000 after a 49-year-old worker suffered bleeding on the brain having fallen through a roof void.

Bristol Magistrates Court heard the worker was one of several contracted by Solarjen Limited, known as Paul O’Brien Solar Installations (SW) Limited at the time, to undertake roof works at Bristol’s Fairlawn School in June 2015.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive following the fall concluded that the company failed to ensure physical guarding was in place at the site, and that the firm had failed to appropriately supervise the work.

The accident left the worker, who has not been named, with bleeding on the brain, a fractured spleen and fractured ribs.

Solarjen Limited of Victoria Grove, Bedminster, Bristol, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and has been fined £250,000 as well as ordered to pay costs of £12,073.14.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Mehtaab Hamid said: “The company failed to properly organise the work and make sure the workers knew what safety measures were needed, as well providing appropriate supervision to ensure work was not undertaken without the measures being put in place.

“As a result, serious harm was caused to one worker and others were put at serious risk.”

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