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    MEMBER OF PUBLIC BLOWS WHISTLE ON DANGEROUS PRACTICES

    Contractor ‘snapped’ by passerby prosecuted for unsafe work on industrial unit

    A roofing contractor has been prosecuted after being caught on camera working on an industrial unit roof without any safety equipment. Cladding Coatings have been prosecuted after a worker was found at risk of falling from an industrial unit in Newark on 8 June 2010.

    A member of the public reported the dangerous situation to HSE with a photograph of cleaning work on the roof which contained fragile roof lights. The was no safety equipment, edge protection or other precautions.

    Blatant disregard for health and safety

    Mr Hallwood, of Ashmond, Springhead, Oldham, and his son, of Bradley Fold, Oldham, pleaded guilty to breaching section 4(1)(c) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. They were fined £2,500 each and ordered to pay costs of £2,604 between them.

    After the hearing, HSE inspector Lee Greatorex said:

    “Fortunately no one was injured on this occasion, but Mr Hallwood Senior, his son and their employees were at risk. This was a blatant disregard for health and safety which put people 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.

    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 from the risks.”

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