A company has been fined £5,000 after health and safety officials spotted one of their employees working in unsafe conditions on the roof of a house in Timperley, Greater Manchester.
The platform on which the man was working had no guardrail to prevent him or any colleagues using similar equipment from falling to the ground in the event of an accident. His employer, Viewline Northwest Ltd, were prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive for breaching the Work at Height Regulations 2005, after being caught out for committing the same offence months before. In addition to the fine, they were ordered to pay legal costs of more than £2000 at Trafford Magistrates Court.
In 2008/2009, there were 4000 serious injuries, 35 of which resulted in deaths, after falls from height in the workplace. If steps have not been taken to protect their employees or if they are found guilty of breaching health and safety regulations, companies can be liable to pay compensation if the victim makes a work accident claim.