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Roofing boss prosecuted for safety failings

Date:
8 June 2015

A London roofing firm boss has been fined for safety failings after four workers were put at risk of serious injury from falls while replacing a roof.

City of London Magistrates’ Court heard (5 June) that Rajveer Goraya, who was trading as Taj Construction Roofing, was managing four workers as they replaced the roof of a house in Hermitage Way, Stanmore.

But when an inspector from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) visited the site on 11 July 2013 there were no safety measures in place to prevent the workers from falling.

The trial heard that the workers had used only ladders to gain access to the roof and there was no scaffolding or any other means in use to prevent falls.

Thankfully, none of the workers were injured but HSE prosecuted Mr Goraya for safety failings because of the risks the workers were exposed to.

Rajveer Goraya, 42, of Laburnum Road, Hayes, was fined £5,000 with £13,743 costs after being found guilty of breaching Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

After the hearing HSE Inspector Jack Wilby said:

“Work on a roof without safety measures to prevent people falling, such as scaffolding, is unacceptable. It also presents a risk to people on the ground, including the homeowners who employ these roofing contractors.

“The consequences of a fall from a roof are often life-changing. Fortunately no incidents occurred on this occasion and HSE was able to intervene before a fall from height could occur.

“Rajveer Goraya is the fourth contractor to be proactively prosecuted for this type of offence in the North West London area within the last year. Contractors must ensure they do not carry out this type of work without assessing the risks and putting in place adequate means to prevent workers, materials or objects falling.”

More information about safety when working at height can be found on the HSE website at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/work-at-height/index.htm

 

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.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.”
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