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    FIRMS FAILED TO MONITOR SAFE SYSTEM OF WORK

    Principal Contractor and specialist fined over fall through roof mesh

    A project appointed CDM Principal Contractor and a specialist contractor have been fined after a worker fell through a fragile mesh roof whilst carrying out work at height on a Newham, Teesside project in July 2016.

    Teesside Crown Court heard how the injured person was installing the roof on a new fast food drive through establishment when, whilst moving materials, he stepped back onto an adjacent fragile mesh roof.

    The mesh was not load-bearing and he fell some 3m suffering multiple fractures of his lower left back.

    Planning, managing and monitoring essential

    HSE investigators found that in failing to prevent access to the fragile roof area the contractor failed to plan and carry out the work at height in a safe manner.

    In addition, the Principal Contractor failed to plan, manage or monitor an aspect of the construction phase without risk to safety.

    • P.D.R. Construction Limited – of Hessle pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 13(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 and was fined £225,000 with £8,000 costs.
    • Metcalfe Roofing & Building Services Limited – of Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined £2,000.

    After the hearing, HSE inspector John Heslop said:

    “This incident highlights the importance of thorough risk assessment, appropriate planning and adhering to a safe system of work that is regularly monitored and managed by those in control of that work.”

     

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