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Lewisham company in court over worker fall

Date:
28 April 2015

A Lewisham roofing company has been fined for safety failings after a worker was seriously injured in a five metre fall from a property in Bromley.

Daniel Dennis, 22, from Lewisham, fractured his pelvis, back and broke his arm, in the incident at Dorset Road on 30 January 2013.

His employer Element Roofing Co. Ltd was prosecuted on Wednesday 28 April 2015 after an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) established that more should have been done to prevent the fall.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard that Mr Dennis was working with a colleague to replace lead flashings on the roof of a domestic property.  While doing this work he fell from the roof onto the pavement below. HSE found there was nothing in place to prevent or mitigate a fall, such as edge protection or safety harnesses.

Element Roofing Co. Ltd, of Heather Road, Lewisham, was fined £7,000 and ordered to pay £1,993.20 in costs after pleading guilty to a single breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

After the hearing, HSE Inspector Toby Webb said:

“This was an entirely preventable incident. The risks of falling during roof work are clear and there is readily available guidance from HSE and others on the action to be taken to prevent falls. As a result Mr Dennis suffered serious injury and his colleague was also placed in danger as he too could have fallen at any time.” 

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. HSE news releases are available at www.hse.gov.uk/press

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