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Roofing company prosecuted over safety breach

5 August 2015

A roofing firm has been sentenced after being found guilty of a safety breach relating to unsafe work at height.

West London Magistrates’ Court was told that HSE visited the site and found two workers had been tasked with removing tiles and re-felting a gulley area adjacent to a pitched roof in Paragon Place, Blackheath, London.

HSE prosecuted Chris Ball & Son Roofing Ltd, after concluding that it failed to provide any edge protection around the roof and had neglected to properly identify the risks to the roofers from the work at height.

The firm, based in Duke of Wellington Road, Greenwich, denied the offence but was found guilty and fined £7,500 plus £10,000 costs for breaching the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

After the hearing, HSE Inspector Kerry Williams said: “Quite simply, Chris Ball & Son had not provided any fencing or edge protection on the roof itself to safeguard its employees.

“Work at height risks are widely-known and recognised throughout the industry. Short duration roof work is not exempted from the regulations that are designed to protect workers. All risks should be properly managed to make sure workers are not placed at risk, whether the job lasts five minutes or five days.”

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  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.
  2. Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 state: “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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