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PUBLIC ‘SHOP’ DIRECTOR OVER SILICA AND FALLS RISK

Director prosecuted over ‘astonishing’ use of disc cutter on roof ridge

The director of a Suffolk roofing firm has been sentenced for safety failings after he was caught on camera using a disc cutter whilst balancing on the ridge of a house roof.

Anthony Nightingale of Ipswich was caught cutting a tile whilst he and an employee worked on the roof without any measures in place to stop the men being injured in a fall. He was prosecuted in his capacity as a director of 3A Roofing Ltd after a member of the public spotted the unsafe work at Dennington, Suffolk in July 2011.

Ipswich Magistrates were told (29 May) that Mr Nightingale, 34, failed to use a suitable roof ladder to reach the ridge. He and and the employee were ‘clambering’ up and down the tiles and walking along the ridge. There were no measures in place to prevent them from falling off the roof.

Astonishing that director thought practice was acceptable

Anthony Nightingale pleaded guilty to a breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined £1,300. He was also ordered to pay £3,000 in prosecution costs and a £15 victim surcharge, the proceeds of which will be spent on services for victims and witnesses.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Elizabeth Fowle said:

“Mr Nightingale should have led by example, but instead he put his own life and the life of an employee at risk. Fortunately no one was injured on this occasion, but it is astonishing that Mr Nightingale thought it was acceptable to use a potentially dangerous piece of machinery while perched at the top of the roof.

This case should serve as a warning to other company directors that if you work without the right safety equipment and put lives at risk, you could end up in court.”

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