Craig Dickson (39), from Carlisle suffered several serious fractures in an accident on Heathlands Industrial Estate at Kingmoor Park Carlisle on the 25th of March 2022.
CK Steelwork & Cladding Ltd were working on the building’s roof. Safety nets had been installed below the area of work, but the roof itself was fragile.
A supervisor took Mr Dickson onto the roof to evaluate the work. He stepped on a skylight which gave way while he was crossing an unprotected area of the roof.
The concrete flooring below was 10 meters away.
Dickson broke most of his bones, including those in the face, wrists, and hands. Four of his teeth were lost and he suffered severe damage to his left knee. After six weeks of intensive care, he was in a wheelchair and confined for another five months. He has been in constant pain since the accident, and he is still not able to work 17 months after.
He said, “The accident has broken every bone on my face. It also knocked my four front teeth out.” This has left me with zero self-confidence and major anxiety. I have to visit a psychiatrist every week for this. “My nose is badly damaged, so I’ve lost my sense of smell and have trouble breathing.”
Before his accident, he said: “I was very active physically and mentally. I attended the gym every day and enjoyed socialising. Now I have severe anxiety, and am in constant pain. I find it difficult, if I can’t do everything I used to before my accident.
The Health & Safety Executive found in an investigation that CK & cladding Ltd, of Barras Lane Estate Dalston, Carlisle had not taken the necessary precautions for the workers to be safe on the roof.
The company admitted to violating Regulation 4(1) of Work at Height Regulations, 2005. The company was ordered to pay PS4,462.59 as costs and fined PS16,000.
Michael Griffiths, an HSE inspector who attended the hearing said: “This incident was very serious and Craig is lucky he wasn’t fatally injured.” It is important to plan and control work on roofs that are fragile. Otherwise, there’s a high risk of an accident, which could be fatal, or even result in serious injuries.
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