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Employer fined £3.5k after worker fall

An Oldbury employer has been fined £3,500 after one of his workers fell 26ft through a roof onto a concrete floor in October 2008.

Ian Griffiths pleaded guilty at Birmingham Magistrates Court on Friday 18 December.

Craig Thomas, 35, and Paul Leggett, 28, were working on the roof of industrial units at Camelot Way in Small Heath, Birmingham on last October. Both men were employed as subcontractors by Mr Griffiths, who had been contracted to repair the building.
Mr Leggett was on the roof when he lost his balance on a crawling board and fell through the roof. He suffered a broken leg, ankle, wrist and nose in the fall.

Health and Safety Executive inspector Mike Ford said: “Mr Leggett was lucky to survive falling 26ft through the roof, landing on the concrete floor below. The equipment provided to these men and the system of work used was completely inadequate.
“The precautions taken to ensure their safety fell far short of what is acceptable.”

Mr Griffiths was also ordered to pay £1,408 in costs.