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A roofer who fell from a great height while recladding an asbestos roof at the Centrovell Industrial Estate in Nuneaton, could be eligible to get compensation from his employers' liability insurance company.
He fell through a skylight, suffering a fractured pelvis, back and foot when he landed on the factory floor seven metres below. This left him unable to work for several months, and the self-employed roofer who took him on and was responsible for the work has been fined by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).
HSE inspector Mhairi Lockwood said that netting would usually be put under the roof on which work was being carried out, so as to catch someone before they hit the ground.
"The system of work adopted should be clear and unambiguous, involving detailed sequencing of how the work was going to be carried out and the control measures that need to be in place," the expert commented.
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