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WARNING OF FRAGILE ROOFLIGHT RISK IS INSUFFICIENT

Vehicle repair firm prosecuted over fatal fall during roof sign erection 

A vehicle repair business has been sentenced following the death of a workman who fell through a fragile garage roof  in Manchester. Mohammed Hashim was engaged in fixing a sign to a roof when he fell through a rooflight in 2009. 

Quality Exhaust Supplies and Fitting Service Ltd owned the garage and Manchester Crown Court heard how Mr Hashim accessed the sloping roof. After finishing the work he was making his way back to the ladder when the rooflight gave way. He landed on the concrete floor and died from his injuries on 22 February 2009.

HSE investigators found Mr Hashim had been warned about the fragile roof by the owner of the company. However, no action was taken to keep him safe by preventing him accessing the area.

Not good enough to warn of danger without prevention

Quality Exhaust Supplies and Fitting Service Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The company was fined £15,000 and ordered to pay £3,000 in prosecution costs on 16 February 2012.

Speaking after the hearing, Matt Greenly, the investigating inspector at HSE, said:

“It’s almost unbelievable that Mohammed Hashim was asked to climb onto the roof when the owner of Quality Exhaust knew it wasn’t safe.

It simply isn’t good enough to warn someone about a danger if no action is taken to prevent it. The company should have found another way of installing the sign without putting lives at risk.

Instead, Mr Hashim has sadly lost his life because not enough thought was given to his safety while he was working for the company.”

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