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Company fined after roofer falls from height

19 December 2017

A management and maintenance company was sentenced today for safety breaches after a worker fell through a flat roof.

Sheffield Magistrates Court heard how, on 14 September 2016, two operatives were undertaking a flat roof replacement of a single storey outhouse at the rear of premises in Moorends, Doncaster. During the reroofing a joist failed causing one of the operatives to fall internally through the roof. The operative sustained three cracked ribs, contusions and was unable to work for seven months.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the company failed to ensure that the work at height was properly planned, appropriately supervised and carried out in a safe manner.

St Leger Homes of Doncaster Ltd of White Rose Way, Doncaster pleaded guilty to contravening Regulation 4(1) of The Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined £250,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1086.20.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Stuart Whitesmith commented: “This incident could so easily have been avoided by simply carrying out correct control measures and safe working practices.”

“Those in control of work at height have a responsibility to ensure that it is properly planned and appropriately supervised to ensure that it is carried out in a safe manner.”

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  1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) 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.
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