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    PRISON SENTENCE OVER FAILURE TO MANAGE RISK

    Sole trader contractor ignored HSE advice once too often

    A Manchester-based roofing contractor has handed a suspended prison sentence, 240 hours of community service  and over £4k in prosecution costs after breaching health and safety laws in November 2017.

    Greater Manchester Magistrates heard how Michael Anthony Roden (who trades as M&R Roofing and Onyx Roofing) and his employee was carrying out roof replacement work at retail premises.

    Mr Roden failed to implement any form of edge protection or scaffolding whilst the roofing work was carried out and he did not have employers’ liability compulsory insurance (ELCI).

    Members of the public at risk

    HSE investigators found that Mr Roden had been served with two prohibition notices on two separate occasions in the past regarding working from a height without suitable edge protection.

    Mr Roden continued to work without appropriate scaffolding and, in doing so, put himself and his employee at risk of a fall from height, as well as members of the public who were at risk from any falling materials.

    • Michael Anthony Roden – of Droylsden, Manchester pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6 (3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, Regulation 10 (1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and Section 1 (1) of the Employers’ Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969.

    He was sentenced to six months imprisonment suspended for two years, 240 hours community service and ordered to pay costs of £4,600.

    Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Matt Greenly said:

    “This incident could so easily have been avoided by simply having the correct control measures and safe working practices in place. Mr Roden chose to save money by not having scaffolding and in doing so put his life at risk as well as the lives of his employee and visitors to the butcher’s shop.

    Companies and individuals should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.”

     

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