The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a solar installer and a green energy firm in West Yorkshire for safety breaches following a severe injury to a worker who fell from a roof during a solar install.
The worker fell seven metres from a pitched agricultural barn roof, breaking seven ribs, his collarbone and bruising a lung. The worker, who had never installed solar before, lost his footing when it began to rain and he slipped off the roof.
Investigating the accident, HSE identified serious safety failings by Peter King, trading as Kingson Roofing, Building and Construction and Investment Renewables. The HSE found that Investment Renewables had subcontracted Peter King to undertake the installation of 56 solar modules on the roof. Both parties failed to identify and assess the risks associated with such an install.