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Evesham firm fined for worker's fall through glass roof

09-01-2012

Westland Nurseries has been fined after a worker suffered serious head injuries and fractured his hand when he fell through a glasshouse roof.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted the company following the incident at its premises on 4 December 2009.

Worcester Magistrates' Court heard how the 21-year-old man was cleaning a valley gutter between two roofs on a glasshouse when he fell about three metres through the glass, landing on a concrete floor.

He suffered concussion with blood on the brain, fractured his hand and sustained other cuts and bruises, and could not work for three months after the incident.

HSE's investigation into the incident found Westland Nurseries (Offenham) had taken no measures to prevent workers falling from the glasshouse roofs and did not understand the risks involved when working at height.

In addition, the injured man had been inadequately trained, by an employee who was not trained in working at height himself.

Westland Nurseries (Offenham) Ltd, of Ferry Lane, Offenham, Evesham, pleaded guilty today to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined £12,000 and ordered to pay £6,835 costs.

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