A company has been fined for failing to provide adequate equipment or training for working at height.
The metalwork casting and machining company was fined for unsafe work practices after an employee almost fell through a fragile roof, Canterbury Crown Court heard.
Fragile roof a problem
An employee of Kent-based M J Allen Holdings Limited was working on the roof of the company workshop when he slipped and almost fell through the fragile roof.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive into the incident, which occurred in September 2014, revealed how the company didn’t provide suitable working at height equipment to carry out tasks.
Lack of training
The employees had also not undergone any specific working at height on roof training.
M J Allen Holdings Limited pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, and was fined £160,000 and ordered to pay costs of £5,767.
HSE inspector Guy Widdowson said the incident could have cause significant, life-threatening injuries to the employee who was affected.
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: April 15, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown