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COMMUNITY SERVICE PENALTY FOR RECALITRANT BOSS

Firm failed to act despite previous life-changing injury 

Massey Roofing and Building Contractors (Tony Massey T/A) has appeared in court for putting workers’ lives at risk, despite previously being prosecuted after a man was paralysed in a fall through a warehouse roof. Tony Massey was photographed with two other men sitting at the ridge of the roof of a furniture warehouse at some 10m  above ground on 18 October 2012.

Trafford Magistrates heard Mr Massey was engaged to undertake repairs to the roof at Clivedon Furniture warehouse in Trafford Park. He was seen climbing up to the ridge of the roof with a labourer and an employee from the furniture warehouse to check for other leaks. No safety equipment was provided.

A risk assessment or method statement was not produced in advance of the work and precautions were not taken to prevent the men falling from the edge or through fragile glass skylights.

Defendant chose to ignore lessons of his past mistakes

Tony Massey, aged 70, of Bury pleaded guilty to two breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and one breach of the Employers’ Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969 following the latest incident at the furniture warehouse in Trafford Park.

The charges relate to failing to ensure the safety of workers and failing to have compulsory insurance, which meant the labourer he employed would not have been able to make an insurance claim for compensation if he had been injured in a fall.

The court was told Mr Massey had a previous conviction relating to the fall of an employee through a skylight in 2007. This earlier incident caused lead to the workman being paralysed from the waist down. M Massey was ordered to carry out 100 hours of community service in the next 12 months, and to pay £2,000 in prosecution costs on 31 May 2013.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Matt Greenly said:

“It’s shocking that Mr Massey showed such a reckless attitude to safety at the furniture warehouse in Trafford Park, especially as one of his employees was paralysed in a fall in a previous incident.

Mr Massey chose to ignore the lessons of his past mistakes and instead allowed himself and two other men to climb onto the ridge of a fragile warehouse roof without a single, basic safety precaution in place, putting his own and their lives at risk.

Work at height has the potential to be extremely dangerous if it isn’t planned and carried out using appropriate equipment. Mr Massey should have known that more than most but has again found himself in court.”

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