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    ASSUMING OTHERS WILL ACT IS NO DEFENCE

    Incomplete edge protection caused 8m fall from roof

    A contractor has been prosecuted after an employee suffered a fractured skull when he fell 8m from a roof edge during roof felt laying operations in March 2017.

    Reading Magistrates heard how the HSE investigation found that the work on the roof was not appropriately planned, supervised or carried out in a safe manner.

    ‘Assumed’ provision by others

    The work to replace the roof coverings to mid-terraced three-storey town-houses was undertaken with edge protection only in place at the front of the properties with no edge protection provided at the rear of the properties.

    • Bailey Roofing (MK) Ltd – of Galley Lane, Great Brickhill, Milton Keynes pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) and Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and has been fined £1,200 and ordered to pay costs of £923.75.

    Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Stephen Manley said:

    “A well planned job would have addressed the risks from working on a roof.

    In this case, the roofing contractor assumed the edge protection would be provided by others, and a lack of communication over what was needed and basic checks meant that work continued with no protection at all at one end of the roof.”

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

     

    IMAGE SHOWS REAR OF PROPERTIES WHERE EDGE PROTECTION WAS ABSENT

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