Warehouse owner fined after roofing contractor worker fell 30ft through glass skylight

A Blackburn-based warehouse owner has been fined after an employee of roofing contractor Nizamuddin Gorji suffered serious life-changing injuries after falling about 30ft through a skylight in glass on the roof of a warehouse.

Preston Crown Court heard that roofing contractor Nizmuddin Gorji had been hired by Floors ‘n’ Carpets Limited of Gate Street, Blackburn to re-upholster the existing roof in 2020. Three workmen were employed to carry out the work.

On May 14, 2020, Taj Zahir fell through the roof sustaining serious injuries to his pelvis, arm, knee and face and has since undergone major surgery.

Nizmuddin Gorji previously pleaded guilty to failing to properly plan the work and provide hanging blankets or nets to prevent or mitigate a fall through the fragile roof. He had not received any health and safety training and had not adequately trained the officers he employed.

Breach of Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Floors ‘n’ Carpets Limited failed to carry out due diligence checks on the roofing contractor’s documents and ensured that a plan of the construction phase had been prepared before the start of the works.

Floors ‘n’ Carpets Ltd of Gate Street, Blackburn pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined £96,000 and costs £36 £919.75.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Jackie Western said: “The hazards of working at height are well known. Those controlling work at height have a duty to ensure safe working methods, which should include the use of appropriate work equipment and adequate supervision.

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