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    BASIC LADDER SAFETY FAILURES FINED £150,000

    Repair and maintenance firm had no excuse for errors causing injury

    A repair and maintenance company has been fined £150k after an employee fell from whilst working on a roof in September 2016.

    Barkingside Magistrates heard how a roofer was working with a colleague to repair a leaking roof in Seaton Avenue, Felixstowe.

    There was no edge protection around the roof and access was by an unsecured ladder.

    When the workman used the ladder it slipped and he fell from a height of approximately 2m causing contusion and bruising to his head along with hearing damage.

    High level of planning and supervision required

    HSE found the assessment of the work prior to the arrival of the roofers on site was inadequate. There was neither a system for checking the correct equipment for work at height was being used, nor for supervision of the work on site.

    • RFT Repairs Limited – of King Street, Norwich pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of Work at Height Regulations 2005 and has been fined £150,000 and ordered to pay costs of £5,391.76.

    HSE inspector Prentiss Clarke-Jones, speaking after the sentencing said:

    ”Roof work requires a high level of planning, and supervision should be in place to ensure it is carried out safely.

    This incident so easily could have been fatal; work at height is a well-documented, well-regulated risk and there is no excuse for getting it wrong”.

     

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