Dorset firm Cutler Bros. Ltd fined after worker falls through skylight

Dorset’s construction firm Cutler Bros. Ltd and its director were sentenced after a worker fell through a skylight.

On 22 February 2019, a self-employed labourer was fitting roof sheets to a newly constructed steel-framed barn. The worker fell through a fragile skylight and dropped almost 4m to the floor below. He suffered head and facial injuries, was knocked unconscious and spent nearly two weeks in hospital.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that the work had not been correctly planned, with workers operating near a fragile roof without having sufficient platforms and guardrails.

Cutler Bros. Ltd was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3,600 after pleading guilty to breaking Work at Height Regulations 2005. Company director Roger Martin Cutler also pleaded guilty, and was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,200.

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