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    CONTRACTOR CAPTURED ON CCTV PUTTING PUBLIC AT RISK

    Firm prosecuted after working dangerously on shopping centre roof 

    Graham Nicholson Roofing Ltd has been prosecuted after workmen were caught on cctv working on the roof of a Nottinghamshire shopping centre without any safety equipment on 16 June 2010.

    CCTV operators reported the matter to HSE after the men were seen undertaking repairs to the roof immediately above the public entrance to the store. None of the required precautions for roofwork were in place thereby exposing the roofers and public below to the risk of serious injury.

    Blatant disregard for safety of workforce and the public

    Graham Nicholson Roofing Ltd, of Nettleham Road, Lincoln, pleaded guilty to breaching section 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. It was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,500.

    HSE inspector Stephen Farthing said:

    “Fortunately no one was injured on this occasion, but both employees and members of the public were at risk. This was a blatant disregard for health and safety which put both workers and members of the public in danger.

    Roofing work requires careful planning and assessment of the risks involved. In this case employees were working without the correct equipment to protect them from falls or to protect passers by from falling material.

    Falls from height are the biggest cause of workplace deaths and it’s crucial that employers make sure work is properly planned, appropriately supervised and that sufficient measures are put in place to protect staff and members of the public from the risks.”

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