A Wigan-based roofing company and its managing director have been fined for putting the lives of its workers in danger.
IQ Roofing Solutions, of Nelson Street in Tyldesley, and Stuart Bell, of the same address, allowed employees to use a jet washer on the roof of a semi-detached house without any safety measures in place to prevent a fall.
A member of the public alerted the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to the dangerous work on 6 June 2013. They took a photograph of a man standing halfway down the sloping roof as he cleared moss and other debris using the washer.
Work was stopped later the same day when an HSE inspector visited the site and immediately issued a Prohibition Notice.
‘Aware of the dangers’
Stuart Bell had visited the site on the morning the work was due to start, so he knew it would be carried out without scaffolding around the edge of the roof.
IQ Roofing Solutions had also previously been served with a Prohibition Notice in 2011 relating to unsafe roof work and so it was well aware of the dangers of working at height.
In addition to failing to provide scaffolding or other safety improvements, the company had no proof that it held Employers’ Liability Insurance – a requirement under UK law which allows workers to claim compensation if they suffer injury in an accident at work.
Fall from height
Falls from height are unfortunately all too commonplace in the workplace, accounting for around a third of all work deaths each year.
Injuries caused by falls from height can also be life-changing, so it is vital that victims seek personal injury compensation to cover the cost of treatment and any time off work. This is something Accident Advice Helpline can help with.
IQ Roofing Solutions pleaded guilty to two breaches of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and one breach of the Employers’ Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969. It was fined £3,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,000.
Stuart Bell was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,619 after he admitted two breaches of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.