An Essex construction firm has been made to pay £39,000 after an employee broke his spine when he fell through a skylight opening at a construction site in Hampshire.
The worker made a full recovery following the incident in Titchfield, near Fareham, in August 2011, but was unable to work for six weeks.
There were several holes in the roof where skylights were to be placed, but they were left exposed, with no coverings or guard rails on or around the holes, and no safety nets underneath.
The Rainham-based company, which pleaded guilty, was fined £30,000 and made to pay £9,000 in costs.
HSE principal inspector Steve Hull said: “The incident was entirely preventable had Prestige Construction Services put effective measures in place to prevent or mitigate a fall – as is essential at all times during roofing work.”