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BUILDING MAINTENANCE FIRM FINED OVER FALL

Workman slipped and fell from roof of domestic property

A maintenance company has been fined for safety failings after an employee was injured when he fell from a roof.

Southwark Crown Court heard how in February 2014 an employee of Aspect Maintenance Services Limited of London was working as a roofing engineer on a domestic house in Tooting. He was repairing the roof when he slipped and fell landing on a table on the patio area below.

There was no edge protection on the roof at the time of the accident. He suffered a shattered elbow, a broken jaw, tissue damage to his knee and facial injury.

Edge protection etc for “anything other than very short term work”

Aspect Maintenance Services Limited, of London, was fined a total of £20,000, and ordered to pay £4,735 in costs after pleading guilty to an offence under Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

The company had failed to ensure that the roof work that Mr Jones was carrying out was properly planned, appropriately supervised and carried out in a manner which is, so far as is reasonably practicable, safe.

Speaking after the hearing HSE Inspector Gavin Pugh said:

“All work on roofs should be sufficiently risk assessed before any work is carried out. Edge protection or other equally effective safety measures should be in place for anything other than very short term work.”

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