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    FALL THROUGH ROOF ON OVER-ROOFING PROJECT

    Two contractors fined for WAH 2005 and CDM 2015 offences

    Advanced Industrial Roofing and Cladding Solutions Limited and contractor Stephen Bell have been prosecuted after a workman fell through a fragile rooflight whilst carrying out roofwork on an industrial estate in north London.

    Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard how the company and contractor Stephen Bell were installing a new industrial roof over the existing asbestos cement roof.

    During the work the workman stepped backwards onto a neighbouring unit and fell through a fragile roof light suffering serious injuries.

    ‘Sadly’ another fall through a fragile roof

    HSE investigators that found the company failed to take suitable measures to prevent persons falling whilst working at height and that Stephen Bell, a sub-contractor, failed to plan, manage and monitor the works carried out by workers under his control.

    • Advanced Industrial Roofing and Cladding Solutions Limited – of Essex pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6 (3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined £8,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,278.
    • Stephen Bell – of Grays pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 15 (2) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 and was fined £1,500 and ordered to pay costs of £2,000.

    Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Jack Wilby said:

    “This is sadly another incident involving someone falling through a fragile roof and it is lucky that the injuries were not more severe.

    This incident highlights the importance of planning work at height and putting in place suitable control measures, including those preventing or managing access to fragile roofs.”

     

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