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    FALL THROUGH ROOF ON LOCAL COUNCIL BUILDING

    Fragile rooflight fractured when workman ‘misplaced footing’

    A roofing contractor has been prosecuted after an incident revealed that roof work at height was undertaken unsafely.

    Dudley Magistrates heard how the company employees were working on the roof without measures in place to prevent them from falling and suffering injury.

    Woodhull Roofing Ltd was contracted to carry out work for Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council. The work involved applying at waterproof coating over roofing bolts in an asbestos cement roof in order to prevent the ingress of water.

    It was whilst working on the corrugated asbestos cement roof that one of the workmen misplaced his footing whilst moving a board into another position. He stepped on a fragile roof light and fell through the roof onto a concrete floor approximately 4m below fracturing several ribs and suffering spinal injuries.

    Platforms, handrails and netting etc. required

    HSE investigators found that the roof work was not undertaken using the correct precautions i.e. sufficient platforms, coverings, guard rails, netting or similar means of support or protection.

    • Woodhull Roofing Ltd – of Stratford Road, Shirley pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 9 (2) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and has been fined £40,000 and ordered to pay costs of £495.27.

    Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Gareth Langston said

    “Falls from height remain one of the most common causes of work related fatalities in this country and the risks associated with working at height are well known.

    In this case suitable measures such as sufficient platforms, handrails and netting should have been provided to ensure the health and safety of people working at height on the roof”.

     

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