The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a roofing company based in Malton, after a worker fell seven metres sustaining severe injuries.
The HSE told York Magistrates’ Court that the worker was attempting to replace existing roof lights when he fell through the inner roof sheet. The court heard that the job had not been planned and safety precautions had not been followed.
The court fined the company £10,000 with £1,355 costs after pleading guilty to breaching Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
After the case was heard, HSE Inspector Julian Franklin said:“Basic precautions for roof work and better planning of the job should have been applied. Even short duration work on fragile roofs should be properly assessed and managed.”
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