Barnsley firm fined over safety breaches

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A former firm has been prosecuted after an employee fell through a fragile rooflight while installing solar panels on a barn in Barnsley.

Magistrates in Barnsley heard the 25-year-old worker, from Mansfield, could have been killed, but had escaped with serious injuries to his wrist, which needed pinning to repair the fractured bones.

DAS Technology Ltd, then based in Mansfield, but which has since gone into liquidation, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive for failing to provide any safeguards to protect workers

from falls or to mitigate the dangers from working on fragile surfaces.

It had also continued to operate in the same way for two days after the fall until the job was finished, with no-one from the company visiting to investigate or install better safety measures.

DAS Technology Ltd, via its administrators in London, was fined a total of £25,000 and ordered to pay £541 in costs after guilty pleas were entered to two breaches of the Work at Height Regulations.