The 32 year old labourer, who has been unable to return to his job as a roofer more than three years after the incident, was fitting battens around holes for the skylights when he stepped on a membrane covering one of the holes and fell around five metres.
St Albans Crown Court heard how the worker was hospitalised for 15 days after sustaining two broken wrists and four fractures to the skull in the incident, which took place on August 8, 2013.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the hole had been previously covered by boards but these were later removed in order to complete the works up to hole’s edge, leaving the hole visually obscured by the thin roofing membrane. The company failed to properly identify and put in place controls for controlling the hazard of falling through the roof once the boards were removed.
Richardson Roofing Company Limited, of Richardson House, Moor Lane, Staines, Middlesex, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, and was fined £200,000 and ordered to pay costs of £6,865.