The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a West London roofing firm for breaching the Work at Height Regulations on two occasions in March and May 2013.
The case which was held at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, heard that roofers were seen working at height with no safety structures to prevent falls. The HSE served a prohibition notice preventing any further work until relevant regulations were adhered to.
Two months later the HSE witnessed a second breach at another property where employees were working under extreme risk. The roofing firm was served with a further prohibition notice.
The court fined the firm a total of £10,000 and ordered to pay £1,654 in costs after admitting two breaches of the Work at Height Regulations.
After the case, HSE Inspector Pete Collingwood said:
“The firm exposed workers to unacceptable risks of injury and even death. It then chose to reject any lessons it could have learned from the first case and repeated the offence.”
“Falls from height remain the biggest cause of injury and death within the construction industry and such complete disregard for the workers on site is beyond belief. This is the third prosecution by HSE in West London in recent months of various roofing contractors and HSE will continue to take enforcement action when such instances of poor business practice are uncovered.”