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    DIRECTOR AND BUSINESS IN COURT OVER DEATH

    Scaffold not priced for on domestic roof-line refurbishment work

    A roofing company and its director have been sentenced for safety breaches after the death of an employee in December 2015 in south London.

    Southwark Crown Court heard how Daniel Shrimpton was removing flashing from the roof of a two-storey terraced house. He was found lying unresponsive on the ground soon after beginning work and died later that day in hospital.

    Mr Shrimpton was the nephew and only employee on Mr Ray Strank a director of Ray Strank Roofing Ltd.

    A joint investigation by HSE and the Metropolitan Police found that the company failed to properly plan the work and that suitable control measures were not in place.

    Scaffolding needed for fall protection

    The most appropriate form of work at height equipment for the job would have been a scaffold, erected on two sides of the building to provide edge protection to all the open edges of the roof.

    However, a scaffold was not present on site on the day of the incident and not priced for. Ray Strank Roofing Limited failings were due to the neglect of Ray Strank, the sole director of the company.

    • Ray Strank Roofing Limited – of Sandbourne Avenue, London pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4 of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. The business was fined £50,000 and ordered to pay costs of £5,500.
    • Ray Strank – of Sandbourne Avenue, London pleaded guilty of the offence by virtue of Section 37 of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. He was sentenced to 200 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay costs of £5,500.

    Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Gabriella Dimitrov said:

    “This was a tragic incident, which could so easily have been avoided by the carrying out of correct control measures and safe working practices.

    Falls from height remain one of the most common causes of work fatalities in this country, and the hazards associated with working at height are well-known. Similarly, the precautions and systems of work available to control these hazards are also well-known and well documented.

    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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