Advanced Industrial Roofing and Cladding Solutions Limited (AIRCSL) and Stephen Bell have been fined after a worker fell through the fragile skylight as he was in the process of installing a new industrial roof over the existing asbestos-cement roof. At Brunswick Industrial Estate, New Southgate, when he stepped backwards onto a neighboring unit and fell through a fragile roof light, suffering serious injuries.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that AIRCSL failed to take suitable measures to prevent workers from falling from a height and pleaded guilty to breaching the Work at Height Regulations 2005 – they were fined £8,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,278; Stephen Bell (the sub-contractor) had failed to manage, plan and monitor the works carried out by workers under his control and pleaded guilty to breaching the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 and was fined £1,500 and ordered to pay £2,000.

The HSE Inspector Jack Wilby has said: “This is sadly another incident involving someone falling through a fragile roof and it is lucky that the injuries were not more severe. This incident highlights the importance of planning work at height and putting in place suitable control measures, including those preventing or managing access to fragile roofs.”