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ROOFING COMPANIES COME UNDER PRESSURE

HSE fear firms deliberately cutting costs by not using scaffolding

HSE has reported that inspectors served 148 enforcement notices in the Manchester area in 2009 immediately stopping unsafe work being carried out at height. A further 29 notices required safety improvements to be made.

Neil Jamieson, a Principal Inspector for HSE in the North West, said: “We’re worried that some roofing and building companies in Greater Manchester are trying to cut down on costs and undercut each other by not using scaffolding and other safety equipment.

“Falls from height kill dozens of workers every year and seriously injure hundreds more. But the number of deaths will carry on rising if firms don’t accept they’re putting their workers in danger.

“We will continue to take action against companies that do not take the safety of their workers seriously, and will prosecute those that fail to provide the necessary scaffolding.

“It simply isn’t worth companies trying to cut costs if lives are going to be put at risk. And it will cost them time and money in the long run if we decide to take any kind of enforcement action.”

Attend free safety event or ‘risk unannouced visit from an inspector’

More than 100 roofers across Greater Manchester are now being encouraged to attend a free safety awareness event or ‘risk an unannounced visit from an inspector’.

The event has been organised as part of the Working Well Together initiative – a partnership between HSE and the construction industry – which aims to improve health and safety in the sector.

The free safety event at Clifton Territorial Army Centre in Salford has been organised as part of a joint initiative with Trading Standards. It will aim to raise awareness about the dangers of working on roofs without scaffolding, and of the standard of work expected in the industry.

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