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Aberdeenshire roofing boss fined after worker seriously injured in fall

22-05-2012

An Aberdeenshire roofing boss has been fined after one of his workers was seriously injured when he fell five metres from the edge of a flat roof.

Alister McNeilly, 26, worked for Brian George Mackie, who traded as Donside Slating which specialises in roofing work.

Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard that on 10 November 2010, Mr McNeilly was working with a colleague to fix lead onto the flat roof area of a house in Strathdon.

Mr McNeilly was throwing lead cut-offs onto the ground while standing on the flat roof when he either slipped or inadvertently stepped off the edge. He lost his balance and fell five metres to the ground, landing on his right side near a skip.

His right hip ball joint was severed from his thigh bone and a metal plate and four pins had to be inserted. He was in hospital for four days and was off work for 16 weeks. He has largely made a full recovery but still experiences pain in his hip.

Following the incident, an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that no scaffold platform with guard-rails and toe-boards or any other form of fall prevention equipment were in place to prevent falls either from the edges of the flat roof or at the edge of the lower porch roof.

At Aberdeen Sheriff Court, on 4 May 2012, Brian George Mackie, 43, of Auld Kirk, Rough Park, Strathdon, was fined £15,000 after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 4 of The Work at Height Regulations 2005.

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