A West London roofing company and its director have been prosecuted for failing to safeguard workers.
Employees of Ranjit Roofing Co Ltd, which was under the control of Ranjit Singh, were photographed on the roof of a property in Kingsbury, Brent, without scaffolding or harnesses to safeguard them from falls.
There was also nothing in place to prevent other building materials or objects from falling, also exposing any workers on the ground to a serious risk of injury.
The hazards of working at height are well documented. An inspector from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) witnessed the potential dangers on 10 July 2012 after receiving a complaint from a member of the public.
Ranjit Roofing Co Ltd, of Speart Lane, Hounslow, was served with an immediate prohibition notice preventing any further work at height at the property until sufficient safety measures had been put in place.
It was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £4,137 in costs after admitting breaching the Work at Height Regulations.
Ranjit Singh, of Ruislip Road, Greenford, Middlesex, was given a two year conditional discharge and ordered to pay full costs of £1,957 for a breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 in his capacity as director of the company.
Fall from height
“The consequences of a fall from height are likely to be life-changing,” said HSE Inspector Jack Wilby.
“That is why HSE will not hesitate to take action against companies that fall so lamentably below standards when it comes to protecting their staff.”
Employers have a duty of care to ensure their employees have a safe and healthy working environment. A compensation claim can be made where an employer is negligent in this and it results in an accident.