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DIRECTOR FACES PROSECUTION ALONGSIDE COMPANY

Roof work undertaken on domestic project required scaffolding

Ranjit Roofing Co Ltd and a director have been prosecuted after workers were photographed by HSE on a house roof without measures to prevent falls in July 2012.

The HSE inspector witnessed the potential dangers to workers on the roof of a property in Kingsbury, Brent, after receiving a complaint.

Westminster Magistrates heard (26 March) that the inspector saw three workers on the roof of the property without adequate measures e.g. scaffolding, to safeguard them from falls. Steps to prevent materials or objects from falling were also absent.

A prohibition notice was issued preventing any further work at height at the property until sufficient safety measures had been put in place.

Lack of injury or incident is ‘immaterial’

Ranjit Roofing Co Ltd, of Speart Lane, Hounslow, was fined £5,000 with £4,137 costs after admitting breaching the Work at Height Regulations.

Ranjit Singh, of Ruislip Road, Greenford, Middlesex, was given a two-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay full costs of £1,957 for a breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 in his capacity as director of the company.

After the hearing, HSE Inspector Jack Wilby said:

“The consequences of a fall from height are likely to be life-changing. That is why HSE will not hesitate to take action against companies that fall so lamentably below standards when it comes to protecting their staff.

This is the second prosecution of a roofing company from this part of London for similar safety failings in just a few months. The fact that there was no incident in this case is immaterial – the danger was there and someone could have been injured, or even killed, at any time.

The safety standards required to protect workers against falls from height are readily accessible on HSE’s website.”

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