Contractor Michael Fry fined over Winfrith farm roof fall

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A contractor has been fined after an employee fell through the roof of a farm building in Dorset.

David Clark fell 4m (13ft) through the asbestos cement roof at a farm in Winfrith in December 2011, fracturing three vertebrae and breaking a rib.

Agricultural engineering contractor Michael Fry admitted breaching safety regulations. He was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay more than £9,000 costs.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found "significant risks" at the site.

Weymouth Magistrates' Court heard Mr Clark was on a crawling board when the fragile roof of a lean-to building adjacent to the barn collapsed beneath him, sending him crashing to the ground below.

He was unable to work for nearly two months and has since retrained for a different career.

HSE Inspector James Powell said: "In this case, the work had not been properly planned. Mr Clark and fellow employees were working on a fragile roof and yet Michael Fry had neglected to implement basic safety measures to protect them and minimise the risks of falls."

Fry, of New Grove Barn in Martinstown, Dorchester, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1)(c) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

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