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RUNNING RISK RESULTS IN FINE FOR REFURB FIRM

Complaint from public revealed lack of training and poor control

Fastrac Profiles Limited, a refurbishment and shop fitting company, has been prosecuted after instructing two employees to work at height without any protective measures or relevant roofwork training.

The workmen were working on the roof of a large furniture store in Cannock when they were spotted and photographed by a concerned member of the public in September 2011. HSE were informed and visited the the site.

Stafford Magistrates heard (30 January) the workmen were instructed to weld steel to uprights at the apex of a roof. The work was “poorly planned and no risk assessment had been carried out” and no fall-prevention measures e.g. scaffolding, were in place.

Calling in HSE may have prevented serious or fatal injuries

Fastrac Profiles Limited, of Willenhall, near Wolverhampton, was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £3,761 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work of Height Regulations 2005 by failing to ensure the work at height was planned, supervised and carried out in a safe manner.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Alastair Choudhury said:

“Falls from height are a significant cause of fatalities and serious injuries. The risks involved with work at height are entirely foreseeable, and it is essential that proper planning, assessment and training is undertaken to reduce these risks.

Those who neglect to do this, like Fastrac Profiles Limited, and who don’t provide a safe system of work put workers at serious risk. They are clearly failing to comply with the required standard.

I would like to thank the member of the public who brought this to our attention because the situation had the potential to lead to serious or fatal injuries for both men.”

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