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    MAKESHIFT FALL ARREST SYSTEM CAUGHT ON CAMERA

    Contactors fined for using harness not attached to suitable anchor

    A ground maintenance company and a subcontractor have been fined after two men worked on a roof without suitable measures in place to prevent a fall from height in Glasgow on 19th January 2017.

    Glasgow Sherriff Court heard that the two men were photographed working on the roof. One the men had “slithered down” a sloping roof to work on the roof edge whilst the second workman held on to a piece of webbing strap that was attached to a rope which in turn was attached to a harness worn by the second workman.

    Workmen not attached to a suitable anchor point

    HSE investigators found that the main contractor failed to ensure that the subcontractor had properly planned a safe system for working at height the roof.

    The subcontractor carried out work at height whilst wearing a harness that was not attached to a suitable anchor point thereby exposing both men to the risk of serious injury or death from a fall from height.

    • Inex Works Civils Limited – of Mid Road, Cumbernauld pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 15(2) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 and was fined £1300.
    • Colin Martin – of Rowan Avenue, Milton of Campsie pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6(3) of the Work at height regulations 2005 and was fined £2000.

    Speaking after the hearing HSE principal inspector, Graeme McMinn said:

    ”The failures that have come to light in this case could have endangered the lives of these workers, and materials being thrown up could have fallen onto the pavement below.

    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.”

     

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