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COUNCIL CATCH DANGEROUS ROOFWORK ON CAMERA

HSE tip off from local authority lands contractor in court 

A roofing contractor has been fined after workmen were photographed on top of a North West London home without protection against falling.

At least two men were spotted by a passing council official as they worked on the property in October 2012 and the photographic evidence was supplied to the HSE.

Westminster Magistrates heard (4 December) that V S Multani Roofing Contractor (Amarjeet Singh T/A) had previously received enforcement action for breaches of safety law covering work at height.

The Council photographs showed that despite the safety warning from HSE Mr Singh ignored legal requirements by not putting measures in place to prevent or mitigate a fall.

No excuse for compromising safety

Amarjeet Singh, of Southall, was fined a total of £2,000 and ordered to pay £688 in costs after pleading guilty to two separate breaches of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

After the hearing HSE Inspector Jack Wilby said:

“Working at height on a roof without adequate means to prevent persons, materials or equipment from falling is simply unacceptable.

The consequences of such a fall can be life changing and potentially fatal, and there is no excuse for compromising safety by ignoring the work at height guidance that is readily available on the HSE website.”

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