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Sole Trader Fined Following Life-Changing Injuries to Worker

Posted in: Employer Negligence Falls from Heights Workplace Injuries 

A self-employed roofer has been sentenced for failing to employ proper health and safety guidelines that led to a worker falling from the roof of a house and suffering severe injuries.

As a result of the injuries, Brian Honeyman will reside in a care home for the rest of his life after the 50-year-old suffered serious head and spinal injuries. Mr Honeyman had been helping Adam Menzies, a self-employed roofer from Falkirk, to help with the job in 2012 before he fell off the roof, suffering severe injuries.

A subsequent investigation was carried out by the Health and Safety Executive, Mr Menzies was charged by the Crown Office for the Procurator Fiscal Service over safety offences. The investigation had found that Mr Menzies had failed to properly plan the work and failed to supervise the job properly. He also failed to arrange provision of scaffolding or other means to prevent a fall.

Despite pleading not guilty to the offences, Mr Menzies was found guilty and fined £8,000. Speaking after the hearing, HSE principal inspector Isabelle Martin said:

“Adam Menzies failed to provide a suitable scaffold that would have protected against this fall from height.”

“This disregard for basic safety precautions has resulted in Brian Honeyman suffering horrific injuries from which he will never recover. Working at height remains one of the biggest causes of workplace deaths and serious injuries. There must always be fall protection when carrying out roof work, no matter how big or small the job that’s being done.”

Construction and Manual Labour Injuries Glasgow

Despite recent efforts to improve health and safety for those working in the construction industry or for skilled roofers and other workers, accidents in the workplace are still exceptionally common. Due to the hostile nature of some work environments (at great heights or in dangerous situations) serious injuries are exceptionally common in such fields. Therefore, it is vital that the proper health and safety protections are in place to prevent needless and serious accidents.

An employer has a duty of care to all employees and must ensure you and other members of staff are safe. Sadly, a number of workers are injured each year with employers failing in their duty of care. Regardless of the extent of your injury, if you were injured through no fault of your own or a health and safety failing, you could be entitled to take legal action. Many people believe that they are unable to take legal action against their employer or they risk losing their job. However, this is not the case as if you are threatened by an employer about taking legal action you could launch an unfair dismissal claim.

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