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    LEADING ROOFING SPECIALIST FOUND WANTING

    Risk to employees and the public after failure to meet required standard

    A specialist roofing company has been fined after two workers were seen by HSE working unsafely on a 12.5m high pitched roof on a Cardiff retail park in August 2015.

    Cardiff Magistrates heard that during repair work on the roof the HSE inspector witnessed two workers working on the roof, which contained unprotected potentially fragile roof lights, without sufficient control measures in place.

    HSE found the work created a risk of injury to employees from falling from or through the roof, and to members of the public from falling objects.

    Suitable and sufficient measures were not taken to protect employees e.g. completing the work from a mobile elevated work platform, and members of the public e.g. by closing the store or cordoning off below the work area.

    Short-term work must be properly planned

    The court heard that Survey Roofing Group Ltd and the Survey Roofing Group companies, which share many of the same directors, had received previous advice and enforcement from HSE regarding unsafe work at height.

    • Survey Roofing Group Ltd – of Kingfisher House, Billericay, Essex pleaded guilty to breaching Section 6(3) and 10(2) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, and was fined £36,666 and ordered to pay costs of £28,856.39.

    Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Paul Newton 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.

    All work at height should be properly planned, including short-term reactive work, so workers and members of the public are not put at risk.

    Commercial clients and companies 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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