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Firms fined over woman's roof fall

25-03-2012

An animal feed producer and a maintenance contractor have been fined after a woman fell five metres through a fragile warehouse roof in Staffordshire.

The 27-year-old woman was repairing a gutter at Provimi Ltd.'s site in Eastern Avenue, Lichfield, when she tripped and fell through a rooflight.

She fractured two vertebrae and suffered extensive bruising in the fall, keeping her off work for two months, Burton-on-Trent Magistrates' Court heard.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Provimi Ltd and the woman's employer, Alan Riley, trading as Riley & Sons, following the incident on 4 April 2011.

Provimi Ltd., of Dalton Airfield Industrial Estate, Dalton, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £1,924 costs.

Alan Riley, 62, of Salisbury Avenue, Burton-on-Trent, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £1,924 costs.

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