HSE officer spots roofer working without necessary safety equipment… A roofer from Lancashire has been prosecuted after a HSE officer spotted him and two colleagues working without the required safety equipment to prevent them from falling.
The men had been working on repairs to a roof at a hairdressers in Colne when they were photographed by a HSE Inspector who was concerned by the lack of safety measures in place.
The Inspector proceeded to issue a Prohibition Notice to the men ordering them to cease their work and come down from the roof which they did for a short time until they returned to the roof again still without having taken any safety precautions.
Burnley Magistrates’ Court heard that not alone had the roofer put himself and his two workmates at risk, he had also endangered the safety of those members of the public in the vicinity of the hairdressers as any falling debris could have injured passers-by.
The roofer admitted to breaches to the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 as he was found guilty of ignoring a Prohibition Notice and failing to take any kind of safety measures to prevent slips, trips and falls in the workplace. He was fined £350 by the court and ordered to pay £300 in costs on 12 January 2012.
HSE Inspector Jacqueline Western spoke after the hearing:
“Ross Singleton and the two other men were working nearly three metres above the ground – a height that could have resulted in a serious injury if any of them had fallen.
“He should have treated the Prohibition Notice as a formal warning and stopped work until safety measures, such as guard rails, were in place. Instead he ignored the notice and has found himself in court as a result.
“Dozens of people die every year as a result of a fall while at work. Roofers should treat the risks seriously and take action to make sure workers stay safe.”
The HSE report that 38 workers were killed in Great Britain last year as a result of a fall at their place of work and more than 4,000 suffered serious injuries.