Builder fined over worker’s injuries


A partner in a building and roofing company was fined after one of their worker’s fell six meters through a fragile roof sustaining many injuries.

(Przemyslaw Borkiewicz, 24) was working at the Evans Halshaw Garage in Saltash in December 2012 with hardly any supervision and no safety equipment which could have stopped his fall.

HSE’s investigation found that the work was supervised by someone who had no roofing or working at height qualifications and Jim Woodley (The person in charge of the work) was prosecuted yesterday in court.

It was said that Mr. Borkiewicz was walking across the roof to take a bucket to his colleague when he accidently stepped on something and fell straight through one of several Perspex roof light set into the roof. There was also another two worker’s working on the site that were also put at risk.

After pleading guilty, Mr. Woodley was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay costs of £5,517.

As you can see in this article, this incident happened right back in 2012 and the court has only just come to a decision. Health and Safety at work cases are time consuming, and can put a company through a lot of stress and at the end the fine can be devastating (up to £200,000).

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