Man falls from roof with life changing injuries

A man was sentenced for safety failings that led to a father-of-three falling from the roof of a house, resulting in horrific head and spinal injuries.

The worker fell six metres whilst helping to re-roof a house and as a result of his injuries, will likely reside in a care facility for the rest of his life.

The worker had been brought in by a self employed roofer to help with the job back in 2012.

After an investigation into the incident by the HSE (Health & Safety Executive)  the Crown Office for the Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) charged the roofer with health and safety offences.

It said the employer failed to ensure the work was properly planned, appropriately supervised or carried out in a manner which was, so far as is reasonably practicable, safe. He also failed to arrange provision of scaffolding or other means to prevent a fall.

The roofer who employed the injured man for this job was in turn found guilty after initially pleading not-guilty after a trial and was sentenced at court. He was fined £8,000.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE principal inspector said: “The employer failed to provide a suitable scaffold that would have protected against this fall from height.

“This disregard for basic safety precautions has resulted in Brian Honeyman suffering horrific injuries from which he will never recover. Sadly, HSE inspectors find this kind of poor practice is all-too-common on domestic refurbishment projects. Working at height remains one of the biggest causes of workplace deaths and serious injuries. There must always be fall protection when carrying out roof work, no matter how big or small the job that’s being done.”