A roofing firm has been fined for breaches of working safely at height procedures after a worker was injured falling from a roof in an unplanned job.

The roofing firm was contracted to replace existing rooflights in a building located in York. The injured worker slipped and fell seven metres through a roof sheet, sustaining severe injuries.

During the investigation, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that a risk assessment had not been undertaken for the job, and that no precautions had been taken to prevent falls from the edge of the roof or through fragile roof sections.

Previous works on the site had used appropriate precautions, including safety harnesses, but the minor work of replacing the panels in an existing roof had not been planned, and the site precautions for working safely at height were not followed.

The company was found guilty of breaching Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £10,000 with £1,355 costs by York Magistrates Court.