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Roofer fined after photo shows unsafe work

Date:
5 December 2013


A roofer has been fined for putting workers in danger after they were photographed on top of a North West London home without any protection against falling.

At least two men working for Amarjeet Singh, 35, from Southall, were spotted by a passing council official as they worked on the property in Lucas Avenue, Harrow, on 26 October 2012. There was no sign of any measures in place to prevent the workers, materials or equipment from falling from height.

Photographic evidence was supplied to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which investigated and prosecuted the roofer for disregarding the safety of himself and others.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard yesterday (4 December) he was undertaking the work through his company V S Multani Roofing Contractor, a company that had previously received enforcement action for breaches of safety law covering work at height.

The photos showed that despite HSE’s safety warning Mr Singh had ignored legal requirements, because no safety provisions were in place to prevent or mitigate a fall.

Amarjeet Singh, of Kings Arbour, Southall, was fined a total of £2,000 and ordered to pay £688 in costs after pleading guilty to two separate breaches of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

After the hearing HSE Inspector Jack Wilby said:

“Working at height on a roof without adequate means to prevent persons, materials or equipment from falling is simply unacceptable.

“The consequences of such a fall can be life changing and potentially fatal, and there is no excuse for compromising safety by ignoring the work at height guidance that is readily available on the HSE website (www.hse.gov.uk ).”

With pic: One of the photos showing the unsafe work at height

Notes to Editors

  1. The Health and Safety Executive is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice; promoting training; new or revised regulations and codes of practice; and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement. www.hse.gov.uk
  2. Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 states: “Where work is carried out at height, every employer shall take suitable and sufficient measures to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, any person falling a distance liable to cause personal injury.”
  3. Regulation 10(1) states: “Every employer shall, where necessary to prevent injury to any person, take suitable and sufficient steps to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, the fall of any material or object.”

 

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