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    WORKMAN SURVIVED 9M FLAT ROOF FALL

    Suitable and sufficient edge protection not provided

    A London based roofing company has been fined £30,000 after a workman fell a distance of 9m from a flat roof on which he was working in March 2018.

    Westminster Magistrates court head how the contractor was engaged to carry out re-roofing works in south west London which started at the end of February 2018.

    On 12 March 2018 the employee was carrying out work on the roof when he stepped back and fell from the flat roof. The fall caused a broken right shoulder blade, a broken right collar bone, and a fracture to the left side of his face.

    Planning and supervision inadequate

    HSE investigators found the company failed to ensure the work at height was properly planned; appropriately supervised; and carried out in a safe manner.

    • McDonald Roofing Contractors Limited – of Colville Road, London W3 8BL pleaded guilty to breach Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and fined £30,000 with full costs of £1483.00.

    Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Adam Thompson said:

    “The case highlights the importance of ensuring that work at height is properly planned and appropriately supervised.”

    The incident could so easily have been avoided by having suitable and sufficient edge protection around the flat roof.”

     

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