Car dealership employee falls through skylight, suffers injury

The employee of a car dealership based in South Yorkshire may be considering a work accident claim after he fell through a skylight and sustained serious injuries in his fall, sources say.

A driver for Douglas Paul Cars had been instructed to fix a leak in the roof of the firm’s Maltby workshop at the time of the incident, personal injury claims experts familiar with the case reported.  The fifty nine year old employee, whose name has been withheld due to privacy concerns, unfortunately tripped and fell, crashing through a skylight and plummeting to the floor of the workshop, which was more than three metres below, and suffered fractures to his elbow and three fractures to his back in the incident.

An environmental health officer conducted an investigation after the incident, discovering that the firm had not taken any precautions to safeguard their workers while they were on the roof of the workshop.  The investigation also found that the company had not conducted a risk assessment of the potentially dangerous act of repairing damage on the roof of the building; in fact, another worker was dispatched to the already damaged roof in order to facilitate repairs to the ruined skylight after the original worker fell.

Paul and Elliot Green, company directors and father and son, appeared before Rotherham Magistrates’ Court recently, where they entered a plea of guilty for breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act.  The two men were given a fine of £2,000 each and were both told they would need to pay £3,615 in court costs due to their role in the injuries sustained by their worker in the fall.

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