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    JAIL TERM FOLLOWS ROUTINE HSE SPOT CHECK

    Director of a roofing firm handed a suspended prison sentence

    Brighton Magistrates have heard that on 11 August 2018 an HSE inspector noticed three men working on the pitched roof of a two-storey house in East Grinstead, West Sussex, without edge protection to prevent falling.

    Further HSE investigation found that the failure to ensure that work at height was carried out safely was attributable to Clifford Smith, the business owner.

    Previous enforcement action

    The court heard that this was not the first time HSE had encountered poor working practices involving G&S Roofing and Clifford Smith.

    HSE had taken previous enforcement action and a prosecution in March 2018 for similar conditions at a site in Horsham, West Sussex.

    • Clifford Smith – of The Hatchington, Worplesdon, Guildford pleaded guilty to a breach of section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work Act. He was sentenced to six months in jail, suspended for twelve months, ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work and has been disqualified from being a director for three years. He was furthermore ordered to pay £4000 in costs.

    Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Amanda Huff said:

    “We hope this case demonstrates that directors can be held personally liable for the failings of their company if they fail to manage health and safety.

    Clifford Smith had previous form for this and failed to learn the lessons; we hope others that cut corners will pay closer attention to the health, safety and well being of workers.”

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