A construction firm has been prosecuted after two of its workers fell from a school roof in Didsbury, Manchester.
The men “could easily have been seriously injured or even killed,” according to Health and Safety inspector Laura Moran.
Trafford Magistrates’ Court heard that the duo had been working approximately three metres above the ground as part of a major refurbishment project at Barlow Moor High School.
They had been investigating a leak in the flat roof when one of them leant on a wooden handrail that collapsed. The other worker tried to grab hold of him, but they both ended up falling to a scaffolding platform with protruding metal poles more than one-and-a-half metres below.
His colleague who tried to stop him from falling, aged 42 from Middleton, Greater Manchester, suffered a fractured rib, and bruising to his arm and chest.
Cruden Construction, of Knutsford Road in Grappenhall, was fined £6,500 and ordered to pay £2,530 in costs.
Moran added, “Both men were lucky to escape with relatively minor injuries after they fell from the roof at Barlow Moor High School.
“They could easily have been seriously injured or even killed had they been impaled by a scaffolding pole, or fallen all the way to the ground below.
“The wooden handrail that Cruden Construction provided simply wasn’t up to the job and their safety was compromised as a result.”