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    ‘PROACTIVE PROSECUTIONS’ INCREASE IN LONDON

    Roofing contractor fined over risk management failure

    A London roofing firm boss has been fined for safety failings after four workers were put at risk of serious injury from falls while replacing a roof.

    City of London Magistrates’ Court heard (5 June) that Rajveer Goraya (Taj Construction Roofing T/A) was managing four workers as they replaced the roof of a house in North London. When HSE inspector visited on 11 July 2013 there were no safety measures in place to prevent the workers from falling.

    The trial heard that the workers had used only ladders to gain access to the roof and there was no scaffolding or any other means in use to prevent falls. There were no injuries but HSE prosecuted Mr Goraya for safety failings because of the significant risks to which the the workers were exposed.

    Lack of safety measures “unacceptable”

    Rajveer Goraya, 42, of Hayes, was fined £5,000 with £13,743 costs after being found guilty of breaching Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

    After the hearing HSE Inspector Jack Wilby said:

    “Work on a roof without safety measures to prevent people falling, such as scaffolding, is unacceptable. It also presents a risk to people on the ground, including the homeowners who employ these roofing contractors.

    The consequences of a fall from a roof are often life-changing. Fortunately no incidents occurred on this occasion and HSE was able to intervene before a fall from height could occur.

    Rajveer Goraya is the fourth contractor to be proactively prosecuted for this type of offence in the North West London area within the last year. Contractors must ensure they do not carry out this type of work without assessing the risks and putting in place adequate means to prevent workers, materials or objects falling.

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