A London based maintenance company has been fined by Southwark Crown Court after an employee fell from a roof at a domestic property in Tooting.
The worker was engaged to repair a roof in February 2014. The roofer fell onto a patio table below.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) told the court that there was no edge protection to prevent the fall. Additionally, the job was not adequately planned or supervised.
Injuries sustained included a shattered elbow, a broken jaw, tissue damage to his knee and facial injury.
The court fined the company £20,000, and ordered to pay £4,735 in costs after pleading guilty to an offence under Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.
After the case was heard, HSE Inspector Gavin Pugh said:
“All work on roofs should be sufficiently risk assessed before any work is carried out. Edge protection or other equally effective safety measures should be in place for anything other than very short term work.”
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