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Roofing firm fined £150,000 for worker’s 2m fall

15 March 2019 | By Neil Gerrard

A repair and maintenance contractor has been fined £150,000 after a worker fell two metres while working on a roof, sustaining concussion, bruising to his head and hearing damage.

Barkingside Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 7 September 2016, a roofer was working with a colleague to repair a leaky roof in Seaton Avenue, Felixstowe. There was no edge protection around the roof and access to the roof was via an unsecured ladder, so as the roofer accessed the ladder it slipped causing him to fall from a height of approximately two metres.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found the assessment of the work prior to the arrival of the roofers on site was inadequate. There was neither a system for checking the correct equipment for work at height was being used, nor for supervision of the work on site.

RFT Repairs of King Street, Norwich pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of Work at Height Regulations 2005 and has been fined £150,000 and ordered to pay costs of £5,391.76.

HSE inspector Prentiss Clarke-Jones said: “Roof work requires a high level of planning, and supervision should be in place to ensure it is carried out safely.

“This incident so easily could have been fatal; work at height is a well-documented, well-regulated risk and there is no excuse for getting it wrong”.

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