A Bedford-based contractor has admitted carrying out unsafe work at height roof work.
Bernard Buck failed to put in place adequate safety measures to prevent falls during re-roofing work at a local car firm.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) says he showed no indication of caring about his own safety or that of the subcontractors on the job.
Inadequate risk assessment
Mr Buck had been hired to undertake the work at Premier Motor Company’s Manton Lane site in Bedford, Luton Magistrates’ Court heard.
He was responsible for the subcontractors who were helping out, yet failed to implement appropriate controls for working at height.
A HSE investigation into the work in October last year concluded the tradesman had failed to properly assess the risks involved.
Mr Buck pleaded guilty to breaching Section 33(1)(g) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. He was fined a total of £1,200 and ordered to pay costs of £1,018.
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: March 19, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown