A roofing company has been fined £10,000 after workers were spotted without safety equipment that could have prevented them from dangerous falls.
Magistrates also ordered HR Roofing Ltd, of Bishops Road, Hayes, Hillingdon, to pay costs of £1,654 after the firm pleaded guilty to breaching the Work at Height Regulations.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) brought the prosecution after inspectors reported seeing unsafe work practices at sites in Ealing and Harrow.
No safety measures
The first instance, in March last year, involved workers who were re-roofing a house in Harrow’s Glebe Avenue. The property had not been secured with scaffold, and no other standard safety measures had been put in place.
HR Roofing was immediately served with a prohibition notice, which required the company to install fall prevention safeguards at the property before any further work could be carried out.
Two months later, inspectors spotted workers on the roof of another property in Bilton Road, Ealing – again without any scaffolding or other safety measures.
The HSE served another prohibition notice and began to launch a probe into the company because inspectors thought the safety measures fell far short of the required standard.
Speaking after the hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, HSE inspector Pete Collingwood reminded employers that working at height comes with “substantial risk”, adding that HR Roofing was a repeat offender with regards to workers’ safety.
He accused the company of exposing workers to “unacceptable risks of injury and even death” and said it behaved arrogantly by refusing to learn lessons from the first incident.
Mr Collingwood added that more people in the construction industry die or injure themselves due to falls from height than any other cause.
HR Roofing’s disregard for employees was “beyond belief”, he said before vowing that the HSE will continue to enforce the law when inspectors uncover similar instances of bad practice in the future.
Claiming for personal injury compensation
Accident Advice Helpline can help you make a claim for personal injury compensation if you have suffered an injury due to a fall from height that was not your fault.
Employers must 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.
Date Published: September 20, 2014
Author: David Brown