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DOMESTIC ROOFLINE INSTALLER FAILED TO PLAN

Platform not installed in accordance with manufacturer rules

Roger Smith Installations Limited has been prosecuted after a workman fell 4m causing bleeding on the brain, damage to his lungs and ribs whilst installing soffit and fascias on a domestic property near Leamington Spa in Warwickshire.

The platform he was working on fell from the supporting ladder brackets.

Nuneaton Magistrates heard (16 June) HSE investigators found the equipment the company provided was inadequate. There were no guardrails and toe boards and the equipment was not installed in line with the manufacturer instructions.

No excuse for failure to plan work at height

Roger Smith Installations were found guilty of breaching regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined a total of £10,000 and ordered to pay full costs of £1,229 and a victim surcharge of £120.

HSE Inspector Ed Fryer said:

“Falls from height remain the most common form of workplace fatality. There is no excuse for not planning work at height properly or ensuring the appropriate safety equipment is used. Access equipment used for working at height should always be installed in line with manufacturer’s instructions.

This equipment had no guard rails to prevent a person from falling and it could have easily cost this man his life.

It is vital to ensure that equipment is in good order as structural failures can have terrible consequences. The roofing industry is well aware of the risks involved whilst working at height and the controls which should be put in place to manage those risks.”

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