Gateshead roofing firm fined after worker falls 16ft

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A roofing firm has been fined £4,000 after a worker plunged 16ft (5m) through the roof of Gateshead warehouse.

The 61-year-old man suffered a fractured spine when he fell through a roof light while fixing it in 2012.

His employer, C Grant Roofing Ltd, admitted a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) breach at Gateshead Magistrates' Court.

The firm, of Coldwell Park Drive, was also ordered to pay costs of £1,600.

The court heard the man, of Wrekenton, can now walk but will never be able to work in the roofing industry again.

The HSE said a probe revealed the firm had failed to ensure that repairs to the roof were being carried out safely.

HSE principal inspector Robert Hirst said: "This was a wholly avoidable incident that resulted in serious injury to this man.

"Work at height is a high risk activity and falls from height remain the single biggest cause of death and serious injury in the construction industry."

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