Dealers fined after worker fell through roof

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BOSSES at a South Yorkshire car dealership have been fined for health and safety breaches after an employee fell through the roof.

Father and son Paul and Elliott Green, directors of Douglas Paul Cars at Maltby, were ordered to pay £5,630 each in fines and legal costs following a prosecution by Rotherham Council.

Rotherham Magistrates’ Court heard a driver employed at the company’s Used Mini Centre fell through a skylight on the workshop roof on June 11 last year.

The 59-year old landed 3.5 metres down on the workshop floor below, sustaining three fractures to his back and a fracture to his left elbow. He has since recovered and returned to work.

An investigation by environmental health officer Adrian Monkhouse found the employee was trying to seal leaks on the workshop roof with felt and Bitumen.

He had got onto the roof through an office window but as he was working caught his foot on a roof bolt and tripped and fell through the skylight.

After the accident another employee was sent onto the roof to repair the skylight, council solicitor Neil Concannon said.

Mr Monkhouse found no risk assessment had been carried out by Douglas Paul Cars and no precautions were taken to prevent falls through the fragile workshop roof or through the skylights.

Paul Green, of Sheffield Road, South Anston, and Elliott Green of The Dell, Woodlaithes, each pleaded guilty to one charge of breaching health and safety laws by failing to ensure the safety of employees, and a second charge of failing to a complete a risk assessment.

They were each fined £2,000 and ordered to pay legal costs of £3,615, plus a £15 victim surcharge.

The court heard the men had taken action to make sure a similar incident would be avoided and co-operated with the environmental health officer throughout.