Turner Access Higher Safety Total Access
Total Access Ethentic Chipmunk Data
Chipmunk Data Turner Access Ethentic

CLIENT IN DOCK WITH ERRANT ROOFWORK CONTRACTOR

Prosecution highlights role of client in preventing fragile roof falls

Construction client, CW & S Recycling (Geoff Thompson T/A), has been fined alongside the works contractor after a workman fell through a fragile warehouse roof in Poole, Dorset in March 2012.

Bradley White suffered four fractured bones in his back, a broken hip and pelvis, a shattered femur, four fractures to his left arm, a fractured right wrist and ligament damage. He was in hospital for three weeks and required numerous operations.

The 27-year-old was employed by Michael Davies to replace the roof on a large industrial unit at W & S Recycling on Nuffield Industrial Estate in Poole, which is owned and occupied by Geoff Thompson.

Bournemouth Magistrates heard (29 November) that Mr White was walking on the fragile fibre cement roof when his foot went through one of the fragile sheets. He fell through the opening created and landed on the concrete floor some 6m below.

The prosecutions follow an HSE investigation which revealed that both parties failed to make sure the work could be carried out safely. HSE found no edge protection, safety netting or any other measure in place at the site to prevent a fall or injury.

Client must be sure of contractor competence

W & S Recycling  (Geoff Thompson T/A) pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 9 of the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2007 by failing to ensure the arrangements made for managing the project were suitable and was fined £1,500 and ordered to pay costs of £5,000.

Contractor Michael Davies, of Poole, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 in failing to ensure workers were not put a risk. He was fined £2,500 and ordered to pay costs of £2,000.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector James Powell said:

“The dangers of working at height are well known, yet workers undertaking roof work and building maintenance sometimes die or are permanently disabled because of the poor safety standards and lack of safeguards that still exist among some contractors.

It is essential that the hazards associated with working at height are recognised and understood by the client who commissions the work. The client must make sure the individual or company they employ is competent to carry out roof work and is aware of the hazards and precautions that need to be taken for the work to be carried out safely.

Geoff Thompson did not properly asses Mr Davies’ arrangements for health and safety and determine whether he would be able to do the work safely and without risk.

This prosecution should serve as a reminder to all involved in construction projects, including clients, that they have a legal duty to ensure work at height is properly planned and robust safety precautions are put in place.”

 

Latest Construction Health and Safety News

HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 17th JAN 2018

hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 18th January 2018

PARLIAMENT CALLS FOR WORKING AT HEIGHT ADVICE

Group of MPs seek to understand fatal fall causes and solutions

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 18th January 2018

FIRM FINED OVER FATAL FRAGILE ROOFLIGHT FALL

Work at height not planned, supervised or carried out safely

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 18th January 2018

EXCAVATOR CRUSHED DUMPER OPERATOR

Reversing excavator operations not separated from pedestrians

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 12th January 2018

REFURB CONTRACTORS FINED £1.1 MILLION

Tenant fell 5m through fragile surface whilst walking to home

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 12th January 2018

HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 10th JAN 2018

hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 10th January 2018

STRUCTURAL SAFETY BODY LATEST NEWSLETTER

CROSS publishes reports and expert comment on a range of issues

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 10th January 2018

HSE REACH OUT TO RESOLVE RISK MANAGEMENT

Construction Industry Advisory Network (CONIAN) launched

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 10th January 2018

HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 4th JAN 2018

hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 4th January 2018

FAILURE TO PROTECT PUBLIC FINED £600,000

Two elderly people injured during construction of disabled ramp

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 2nd January 2018

MAINTENANCE AND MANAGEMENT FIRM FINED

Joist failed and workman fell during flat roof replacement works

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 2nd January 2018

FALL ON BLOCK AND BEAM FLOORING SYSTEM

Contractors failed to respond to planned fall protection problems

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 2nd January 2018

FIRMS FAILED TO INSTALL FLOOR AS DESIGNED

Principal contractor penalised for not spotting contractor error

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 2nd January 2018

LINTEL COLLAPSED DURING LOWERING OPERATION

Two workers injured as support props and structure topple

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 2nd January 2018

CDM 2015: SEEING THE WOOD FOR THE TREES

End of year reflections on CDM 2015, health, safety and harm

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 21st December 2017

FESTIVE GREETINGS TO ALL OUR READERS

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 20th December 2017

HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 20th DEC 2017

hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 20th December 2017

LORRY DRIVER PROSECUTED AFTER ROAD DEATH

Road worker died during motorway resurfacing project

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 20th December 2017

MAJOR CONTRACTOR FINED £1.8M OVER ROAD DEATH

Road planer operation put roadworks pedestrians at risk of injury

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 20th December 2017

MANAGER PROSECUTED OVER APPRENTICE INJURY

Untrained young worker fell through fragile rooflight

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 20th December 2017

PUBLIC AND WORKERS EXPOSED TO ASBESTOS RISK

Client and contractor failed to identify and assess asbestos presence

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 20th December 2017

RESTRAINT SAVES WORKER EJECTED FROM MEWP

Firms failed to separate crane and elevated mobile work platform

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 20th December 2017

HSE PROSECUTE OVER POOR SILICA DUST CONTROL

Principal contractor failures led to gross exposure to RCS

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 15th December 2017

HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 13th DEC 2017

hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 15th December 2017

BUILDING INFORMATION MODELLING AND CDM 2015

Major contractor explains BIM risk mitigation opportunities

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 15th December 2017
Turner Access Chipmunk Data
Total Access Ethentic
Higher Safety Turner Access