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    ROOFING CONTRACTOR FAILED TO PLAN WORK

    Small contractor fined after dangers spotted by HSE Inspector

     

    Streamline Guttering and Cladding (Dean Paul Shaw T/A) of Leicestershire was yesterday ordered to pay £6k in fines and prosecution costs.

    An HSE Inspector found work taking place on a roof without adequate safety equipment to stop the defendant or his workers falling.

    Roofers exposed to 7m fall risk

    The offences were committed when Mr Shaw and two employees were working on the roof of the 7m high building between 8 December 2008 and 16 January 2009.

    The three workers accessed the roof by a mobile tower at the front of the building and were also working at the rear of the building where there was no fall prevention in place.

    The court heard that in not providing adequate safety equipment Mr Shaw failed to:

    • ensure that the installation of new guttering was properly planned;
    • provide appropriate supervision; and
    • prevent any person falling a distance liable to cause personal injury.

    Fragile materials and fencing below added to dangers

    HSE Inspector Mhairi Lockwood said: “All three workers were walking across the roof – which also had fragile roof lights – to work on the back of the premises where there was no protection to stop them from falling.

    There was also a sharp palisade fence below which could have caused horrific injuries if anyone had fallen on the fence.

    “Falls from height cause more workplace deaths than anything else. HSE’s current ‘Shattered Lives’ campaign promotes awareness of the serious consequences of slips, trips and falls. Working at height can be very dangerous if the right measures are not taken to protect workers.”

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