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Roofing Company Fined

A roofing company and its' Director has been fined after workers were photographed on a house roof without any fall prevention or arrest measures.

The offences came to light when a HSE Inspector witnessed the dangerous working practices after a complaint was received.

The HSE Inspector saw three workers on the roof of the property without adequate measures such as, scaffolding or harnesses.  There was also nothing to prevent other building materials or objects from falling, also exposing any workers on the ground to a serious risk of injury.

The firm was served with an immediate Prohibition Notice preventing any further work at height until the workers were protected. The company was fined £5000.00 with £4137.00 in costs after it admitted breaching regulation 4 (1) of the Work at Height Regulations. The director of the company was also given a 2 year conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs of £1957.00 for breaching section 37 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act in his capacity as a Director.

The fact that there was no incident in this case is immaterial - the danger was there and obvious and someone could have been seriously injured or killed at any time.

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