A company based in Oldham has been fined £20,000 after an employee fractured his back after falling through a roof light.

On August 3 2022, a 24-year-old man who was employed by Hightech Roofing N/W Limited based in Failsworth, was repairing a roof on a building in Blackburn.

While on the roof, the man fell almost 5 metres through a roof light and landed on the floor causing a broken foot and a fractured vertebrae.

An investigation carried out by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found Hightech Roofing had failed to ensure the work on the roof was properly planned and appropriately supervised.

Operatives had used orientated strand boards as crawl boards to move around the roof with the boards placed where employees needed to step.

The boards however did not cover the roof lights which led to the worker falling and injuring himself.

The HSE also found that Hightech Roofing failed to acknowledge and act on the specific risks arising from the need to work on or over fragile surfaces and failed to consider risks arising from employees working in proximity to the edge of the roof.

At Preston Magistrates’ Court on May 9, Hightech Roofing pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4 of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was ordered to pay a fine of £20,000 along with £5,858.46 in further costs.