Demolition worker tumbles from roof, boss prosecuted by HSE

After one of his workers tumbled from the roof of a bar, sustaining serious personal injuries in a fall from height, the boss of a Sunderland-based demolition firm has faced prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive.

The North Eastern Demolition Company, owned and operated by David Brian Riseborough, had been working to demolish a pub when one sixty seven year old worker fell nearly twenty feet to the ground below from its roof, according to work accident claim experts familiar with the incident. The injured worker, whose name has not been made public, had been working to remove timbers and tiles from the roof by hand when he fell, suffering severe injuries including not just a collapsed lung but quite a few broken bones but also several fractures to his vertebrae, leaving him fully paralysed in both his arms and legs and necessitating twenty four hour a day care at a nearby nursing home.

The HSE, the watchdog organisation that investigates accidents at work to determine if employers are at fault, sent inspectors to the work site, discovering that a mobile access platform had been used to allow workers to gain access to the roof and also double as a barrier to safeguard against demolition firm employees taking a nasty fall. However, there were several inadequacies in such a solution, HSE inspectors found, especially since the platform was too s hort to cover the roof’s full length.

Mr Riseborough admitted violating work at height regulations and other health and safety rules after being prosecuted by the HSE at a recent hearing, earning his demolition company a £20,000 fine.

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