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INTENDED SYSTEM UNSAFE … AND NOT FOLLOWED

Principal contractor and partner failed to protect from roof fall hazard

Two specialist roofing companies have been ordered to pay over £150,000 in fines and prosecution costs after a workman fell 9m through a fragile rooflight to a concrete floor 9m below.

The man suffered life changing injuries and required surgery to install metal rods into his back.

Coventry Magistrates Court heard how ACG Roofing Limited had been contracted by Principal Contractor JDB Industrial Roofing Limited to complete re-cladding work on the fragile roof.

At the time of the fall, on 15 December 2015, no nets or guard rails were being used.

The mobile elevating working platform which had been provided as an anchor point for the fall arrest equipment did not have sufficient capacity.

In any event, when the workman fell his harness as not attached to any sufficient anchor point.

Planning and supervision essential

HSE investigators found that the principal contractor failed to have in place effective management systems to control the risk associated with working at height and on fragile roofing.

  • JDB Industrial Roofing Limited – of Brooklands Court, Kettering, Northamptonshire pleaded guilty of breaching Section 13(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, has been fined £112,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2216.68.
  • ACG Roofing Limited – of High Street, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire have pleaded guilty of breaching Section 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and have been fined £35,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1721.78.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Edward Fryer said:

“This incident could have been fatal; the worker has suffered life changing injuries due to the company failing to properly plan and supervise work at height.

This case highlights the importance of proper planning, supervision and implementation of work at height especially on fragile roofing.”

 

 

 

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