Magistrates in Burnley have fined a builder £2,000 after two of his employees were spotted carrying out dangerous work on a roof.
Mohammed Yasin, of Larch Street, Nelson, was also ordered to pay prosecution costs of £400 after he admitted breaching the Work at Height Regulations 2005.
He was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following the incident in Matlock Grove, Burnley, on April 10.
No safety measures in place
The HSE found that Mr Yasin, who trades as Southfield Property Maintenance, put his workers as well as himself at risk when work to install a dormer window was carried out without any safety measures in place.
Inspectors said that he had failed to put up any scaffolding around the roof, and the employees were not wearing safety harnesses.
It is the latest case of a Burnley company ignoring safety advice on working at height, with Burnley College recently fined £20,000 after an engineering technician suffered a serious fall while trying to repair an air filter.
Men’s lives ‘in serious danger’
Speaking after Mr Yasin was sentenced, HSE inspector Jacqueline Western described as “astonishing” the fact that he had decided to let his workers carry out major roof work without putting any safety measures in place to protect them.
She said that the men’s lives were in serious danger while Mr Yasin was safe inside the property, adding that the project should never have got under way without scaffolding or other safety equipment.
Ms Western said it was “only luck” that no one suffered any injuries as the risks of working at height were well known in the sector.
Making a claim with the Accident Advice Helpline
If you have suffered an injury due to a fall from a height that was not your fault, you could make a compensation claim.
For more information or to discuss how you can make a fall from a height injury claim, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: November 5, 2014
Author: David Brown