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Contractor fined over breaching Work at Height Regulations

Date:
3 July 2017

Mr Chris Martin trading as CI Martin Quantity Surveying and Project Management has been fined for failing to put in place simple measures to prevent the risk of a worker falling from height.

Chester Magistrates’ Court heard that Mr Martin, who has worked as a Quantity Surveyor since 1963, was appointed by Helsby Methodist Church to carry out refurbishment work on its building.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Mr. Martin had appointed a self -employed labourer to assist him with the work. However he had failed to plan the work properly, carry it out safely (so far as reasonably practicable) or to take sufficient measures to prevent falling from the edge of the roof. There were no proper planning for the work. Had the workers fallen, they would in all probability have suffered serious injury or death.

Chris Martin of Proffits Lane Helsby was found guilty of breaching Regulation 4 (1) and Regulations 6 (3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. He was fined £600 and ordered to pay £1500 toward prosecution costs.

HSE inspector David Argument said after the hearing “Roof work remains a leading cause of death and serious injury in the construction industry. There is clearly a high risk associated with working off a pitched roof for several days, without any measures in place to prevent a fall. In this case, there was also a possibility that children, staff or visitors in the playground below could have been injured or seriously hurt.”

Notes to Editors:

  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. www.hse.gov.uk
  2. More about the legislation referred to in this case can be found at: www.legislation.gov.uk/
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