Man severely injured from fall in accident at work

A 29 year old man has been severely injured in an accident at work when he fell ten metres through a roof of a school sports hall.

Lee Byrne was working on a project to replace the raised roof on the sports hall at Loreto High School in Chorlton with a flat roof when the accident at work occurred in November 2011.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have prosecuted K Pendlebury & Sons Ltd after their investigation found that the site fell well below the minimum legal standards for safety.

Workers had removed old steel beams under part of the roof so that new beams could be installed. However, this meant that the corrugated tin panels on part of the structure were left unsupported.

Mr Byrne was walking across the roof to his colleagues to get their lunch order when the panels under his feet gave way. He fell ten metres, hitting a scaffold section on his way down to the ground.

As a result of his accident at work, Mr Byrne suffered a fractured pelvis, broken fingers and his right arm and elbow were smashed to pieces. He has had to have an artificial elbow fitted and has been unable to return to work so far due to the extent of his injuries.

The HSE investigation found that there was no barrier around the fragile roof sections and scaffolding had only been erected under parts of the roof rather than covering the entire width.

Vicki Wright, expert personal injury lawyer at Swain & Co Solicitors LLP, says, “This accident at work could have been avoided if the project had been carefully planned.”

“Sadly, the company’s failings resulted in man being severely injured.”

“Falls from height are the largest cause of workplace deaths in the construction industry, so it is vital that companies take their responsibility to protect workers seriously.”