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    ROOFER SURVIVED OVER 6M FALL FROM ROOF EDGE

    Replacement of asbestos cement roof lacked proper planning

    Basingstoke Magistrates have heard how a workman survived falling over 6m from a roof in the town.

    The injured workman was engaged with two other roofers as part of a 10-week long roof replacement project in June 2017. The existing  asbestos cement sheet roof was being removed and replaced with insulated composite roof panels.

    The workman and a colleague were working on the roof and another colleague was working within the building to remove bolts from the underside of the existing roof when he fell 6.7m from the open edge of the roof to the concrete floor below.

    He sustained multiple fractures.

    Supervision required for safe working

    HSE investigators found that the contractor undertaking the project failed to properly plan and appropriately supervise the work to ensure that the risks created by working at height on a roof was carried out in a safe manner.

    • Lane Roofing Contractors Ltd – of Walsall Road, Birmingham pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4 (1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. The company has been fined £60,000 and ordered to pay costs of £7,164.80.

    After the hearing, HSE inspector Sharron Cripps said:

    “Falls from height remain the most common cause of work-related fatalities and serious injuries in the construction industry and the risks associated with working at height are well-known.

    Working at height, with large open edges can be particularly dangerous and it is important that those in control of the work identify the risks posed by replacing roofs and then take appropriate control measures to safeguard workers and others, to ensure that the risks are being managed.”

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