Company put lives of workers at risk

A property development company and its director have admitted safety failings that could have led to serious injury.

Formaction Ltd of Glandwr Industrial Estate, Aberbeeg, Gwent, was fined £3,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,323 after it pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 6(3) and 9(2) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

Derek Bawn, of Newbridge, Gwent, also pleaded guilty to breaching the same regulations through Section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. He was fined 6,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,323.

No safety measures

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) identified a number of breaches of working at height regulations when visiting the installation a new roof on a unit at The Gulf Works, Penarth Road, Cardiff in June 2013.

Three people were working on a fragile pitched roof between five and eight metres above ground, without any measures in place to stop people falling through the roof, or off its edges onto the concrete below.

There were no safety nets, specialist airbags or beanbags, while nobody was wearing a harness or fall arrest system.

Furthermore, safe access to and from the roof had not been provided and the workers were witnessed walking over the sloping fragile roof and climbing over the top of the safety rails on a cherry picker.

Accident at work

HSE said suitable staging boards to spread the load over a fragile surface should have been in place and guard rails set up around the open edges.

Anyone who suffers an accident at work could be entitled to personal injury compensation if it wasn’t their fault.

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Source: IOSH

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