A roofing firm from Malton has been fined after breaching health and safety regulations.
The firm was prosecuted after a worker fractured his skull following a fall from height.
Fall of seven metres
Mitchell Roofing Ltd was contracted to replace existing rooflights at Monk Bridge Construction Co Ltd in York.
During the work, a man slipped and fell around seven metres through the inner roof sheet sustaining severe injuries.
The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) investigation found there was no risk assessment in place for the job, and no precautions had been taken to prevent falls from the edge of the roof or through various fragile elements.
Minor work neglected
The defendant had previously clad a new building on the site without incident, using appropriate precautions, but the minor work of replacing the panels in an existing roof was not planned, and no precautions were followed.
Mitchell Roofing Ltd was found guilty to breaching Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £10,000 with £1,355 costs by York Magistrates Court.
HSE inspector Julian Franklin said that basic precautions for roof work and better planning of the job should have been applied. Even short duration work on fragile roofs should be properly assessed and managed, he added.
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: May 12, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown