A contractor put the lives of workers at risk by failing to follow basic health and safety legislation, a court has heard.
James Young, trading as Watertight Home Improvements Ltd, admitted unsafe work at height practices and insurance breaches relating to work carried out on a domestic property in Neston, Wirral.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) identified multiple failures that could have led to serious injury or death.
Fall from height
Chester Magistrates’ Court was told how a HSE inspection in November observed roofers working without suitable and sufficient means to prevent the risk of a fall from height of both people and objects.
The only protection in place to prevent the risk of a fall from height were 2 poorly positioned mobile tower scaffolds that did not adequately prevent the risk of serious injury from a fall from height.
He was fined a total of £1,500 – £500 for each breach – and ordered to pay costs of £1,020.
Working at height
The dangers of working at height are well documented, yet accidents sadly still happen.
Employers have a responsibility to make sure employees working at height are equipped with the right safety equipment, such as harnesses and helmets, and the correct safety measures are in place.
HM Inspector of Health and Safety Phil Redman said it is unacceptable for companies to put the lives of their workforce at risk.
He added the case of Watertight Home Improvements Ltd should be a lesson to roof working companies and others who fail to comply with their duties under health and safety legislation.
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: August 31, 2015
Author: Jonathan Brown