A Somerset-based roofing contractor has been fined for putting the lives of his workers at risk.
Neil Popham, 50, admitted failing to safeguard his employees from falls as they worked up to nine metres above the ground on a barn roof installation, at a farm in the village of Over Stowey in May 2013.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found there was no edge protection in place to prevent anyone falling from the building and inadequate netting to mitigate the effects of any fall.
It also discovered that the workers had accessed the roof using a ladder that was not tied to prevent it falling.
Mr Popham, of Higher Heathcombe Farm, Enmore, near Bridgwater, pleaded guilty to a breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. He was consequently fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £950 in costs.
“Falls from height remain one of the most common reasons for injuries and fatalities at work and it is fortunate that no-one was seriously injured or killed in this case,” said HSE Inspector Kate Leftly after the hearing.
“It’s crucial that employers make sure work is properly planned, appropriately supervised and that sufficient safety measures are put in place to protect staff.”
Date Published: March 5, 2014
Author: David Brown