Safety officials say the lives of employees at a cleaning company were put at risk by its failure to put measures in place to stop them falling from a roof.
Sheffield Magistrates’ Court heard a worker from Turbo Property and Cleaning Services Ltd was discovered working on a fragile roof with no measures in place to stop them falling.
Fines total £6,000
The firm, of Wade Street, Sheffield, has been fined for breaching safety regulation after being found guilty in its absence.
It was fined £2,000 for breaching the Work at Height Regulations. The company was also fined £4,000 after being found guilty of breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act by contravening a Prohibition Notice. It was also ordered to pay costs totalling £853.70.
Magistrates were told that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) issued the firm with a Prohibition Notice in November last year after the employee was found to be working on the fragile roof with no protection measures.
Firm breached Prohibition Notice
The court heard that the firm was found to have breached that notice by failing to implement sufficient protection measures to stop employees falling and injuring themselves.
The Work at Height Regulations state that when roof work is being carried out employers have a duty to ensure that, as far as reasonably practical, sufficient measures are implemented to stop workers falling.
According to the HSE, falls from height were the most common cause of accident at work fatalities, accounting for almost one in three (29%) deaths in 2013/14. It recorded 39 fatal falls from height among employees and self-employed workers over the 12-month period and more than 6,500 which resulted in injury.
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: July 23, 2015
Author: Jonathan Brown