Worker fractured back and skull in roof fall

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An electronics worker fractured his back and his skull in a fall from the roof of a private bungalow after being asked to repair a broken ridge tile by his managing director, a court heard.

The injured man’s employers, Instruments and Gauges Electronics Ltd, was fined £6,000 and £961 costs after admitting health and safety regulations.

Sefton magistrates were told that the 60-year-old worker, who asked not to be named, fell four metres as he tried to repair the roof of the property which was one of several owned by the managing director of the company in Gravel Lane, Banks, near Southport. He had not been issued with a safety harness or scaffolding.

In addition to head and back injuries, the man also broke several ribs in the accident. He was in a hospital high dependency unit for a week and was off work almost five months.