Apprentice electrician falls through school roof
A Herefordshire based electrical contractor has been fined over £20,000 after an apprentice fell two metres during the demolition of part of a school.
An HSE investigation found that the Greenway Partnership Limited did not adequately plan for the removal of the flat roof. Operatives had not been trained in working at height or demolition, and there was inadequate supervision of the work.
Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Stephan Axt-Simmonds said to Construction Enquirer: “Apprentices should not be left unsupervised to plan and undertake work on construction sites – it is those in control of work who have the responsibility to devise safe methods of working and to provide the necessary information, instruction, training and supervision.
“If a suitable safe system of work had been in place prior to the incident, injuries sustained by the employee could have been prevented.”