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    ROOF COLLAPSED UNDER EXCESS LOADING

    Director and company fined over roof design failures

    The director of a construction company has been sentenced after the partial collapse of a building during roofing work in February 2016.

    Sheffield Magistrates heard that the project involved construction of two, two storey blocks of flats in Barnsley following the demolition of a former public house.

    Timber roof structures were constructed for each block but had not been tiled in their entirety. Three roofers worked on the roof of Block B, transferring tiles from ground level using a tile hoist and distributing the tiles over the surface of the roof. The tile hoist failed and two of the workmen left the roof and whilst the third man was descending a ladder the roof structure collapsed.

    None of the men injured although all three workmen narrowly avoided being on the on the roof at the time of the collapse.

    Defendant advised on need for specialist designer

    HSE investigators found that the company had been informed during the pre-construction phase that the roof structure needed to be designed by a specialist. This did not happen until after the incident.

    At the time of the collapse, the structure was not able to withstand the loads imposed on the structure.

    • Brook Ren Limited – pleaded guilty to an offence under Regulation 19 (1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 and
    • Jason Lycett – of Manchester Road, Millhouse Green, Sheffield, a Director, was found guilty of breaching Section 37 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and fined £30,000 with £7026.58 in costs.

    Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Alan Sheldon said:

    “Principal Contractors have an important role in managing health and safety risks during the construction phase, so they must have the skills, knowledge, experience and, where relevant, organisational capability to carry out this work.

    Where Directors are found to be negligent in carrying out their roles, they too may face legal proceedings associated with the same health and safety management failings.  Although there were no injuries, matters could have been very different had the workers still been on the roof at the time of its collapse.”

     

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