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Roofing contractor sentenced over safety failings

Date:
22 May 2017

Mr Daniel Clifford trading as D Clifford Roofing Solutions has been sentenced for failing to put in place measures to prevent the risk of falling from height.

Manchester Magistrates Court heard Mr Clifford was undertaking work to re-roof two domestic bungalows. He appointed an 18 year old man with no previous experience, training or skills in roofing work to assist with the project.

On 15 October 2015 a concerned member of the public contacted the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after seeing two people working on the roof without anything in place to prevent them from falling.

A HSE inspector attended on the same day and found both men working on the roof without any measures in place to prevent falls.

An investigation into the circumstances of the incident was launched and found that Mr Clifford had failed to properly plan, appropriately supervise and carry out the work safety so as to prevent the risk of his employee falling from the roof and sustaining injury or even worse. He also failed to implement widely understood measures to prevent falls: namely, collective edge protection.

Daniel Clifford of Cottage Lawns, Hayes Lane, Alderley Edge pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 6 (3) and 4 (1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

He has been sentenced to complete a 12 month Community Order with an unpaid work requirement of 200 hours.  He was ordered to pay £1,500 in costs.

HSE inspector David Argument said after the hearing “Every year, people are killed and seriously injured when they fall from height at work. Roof work is particularly dangerous and employers must take suitable and sufficient measures to prevent falls wherever it is reasonably practicable to do so.  On re-roofing projects such as this, the provision of simple, collective edge protection would have prevented a risk of Mr Clifford’s employee falling.”

 

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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. hse.gov.uk
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