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Glasgow vehicle manufacturer fined after worker’s roof fall

Date:
11 August 2015

A company that specialises in building motor vehicles special purpose vehicles such as ambulances and taxis has been sentenced after exposing a worker a risk of fall from a roof from its Balmore Road premises. 

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard that on 30 March 2010 an employee undertook roof cleaning work but Allied Vehicles Ltd had failed to ensure that work at height was properly planned, appropriately supervised and carried out in a manner which was so far as was reasonably practicable, safe. 

The court was told that Allied Vehicles Ltd had no measures in place to prevent the risk of falling from the edge of the roof in question and falling through rooflights, exposing the employee to the risk of injury.

Allied Vehicles Ltd of Balmore Road, Glasgow pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4 of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, and Section 33(1)(c) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £20,000 at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

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