A cleaning business in Surrey have been landed in court after a worker plunged 6 meters through a fragile roof.
The 36 year old was just one of the small team that was sent by CleanSafe Ltd (Croydon, UK), it was a contract-cleaning job of 24 acrylic roof lights at a car rental site.
At one point the employee (wishes not to be named) had just been inspecting a cleaned light from ground level and had just went back onto the roof and accidently stepped on to one of the roof lights, it gave way which sent the man falling through onto the concrete floor below.
The poor man sustained a major skull fracture, serious brain damage, multiple fractures in his arms and wrists and broken ribs. He has completely lost his sense of smell and taste, has impaired sight in one eye and is totally deaf in one ear.
The man was in hospital for a long 2 months, most of the time he was in a coma and is now unable to work.
The incident happened in December 2013, the HSE investigation proved that there was many regulations that have been breached.
It has been brought to light that CleanSafe could have hired a mobile working platform that had an extended reach, which would have saved the team of workers going onto the roof.
CleanSafe UK Ltd have been fined £60,000 and had to pay costs of £5,741 after pleading guilty to breaches of regulations.