A roofing company put workers at risk by failing to protect them against falls from height, a court has heard.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) discovered Chris Ball & Son Roofing Ltd did not provide any fencing or edge protection on the roof of a property on Paragon Place, London, to safeguard its employees.
The Greenwich-based firm was found guilty of breaching the Work at Height Regulations 2005. It was fined a total of £7,500 and ordered to pay costs of £10,000.
Working at height
The dangers of working at height are well documented. Falls from height can cause serious injury, even death, so employers must do everything they can to protect workers.
The ‘Work at Height Regulation’ Act was introduced in 2005 to protect anyone working from a height, whether it is a bridge painter working hundreds of feet off the ground to an office employee standing on a chair to change a light bulb.
West London Magistrates’ Court was told how 2 roof workers were charged with the task of removing tiles and re-felting a gulley area adjacent to a pitched roof at the property on Paragon Place.
But Chris Ball & Son Roofing Ltd failed to provide any edge protection around the roof and neglected to properly identify the risks to the roofers from the work at height.
The HSE, which visited the site following an incident on 30 September 2013, says short duration roof work is not exempted from the regulations are designed to protect workers.
It added all risks should be properly managed to make sure workers are not placed in danger when working at height, whether the job lasts five minutes or five days. If not, employers can expect to face action.
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: August 7, 2015
Author: Jonathan Brown