Breach of Health and Safety Regulations
Brighton magistrates heard how numerous concerns were raised by members of the public about work being carried out by G&S Roofing Ltd. The company twice ignored written advice to address the issue of working at height in an unsafe manner.
In August 2016, a member of the public contacted the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) after seeing G&S Roofing operatives working unsafely from height.
HSE inspectors then visited the site and found one of the operatives to be working on the flashings of a chimney from a ladder resting on the pitch of the roof at the unguarded gable end of the two-storey house. There was nothing at the gable end of the roof to prevent a person falling. There were no suitable measures in place to prevent a person falling from the gable end. A prohibition notice was served but ignored.
G&S Roofing Ltd was found guilty in its absence to breaching Regulations 4(1)(a) and 4(1)(c) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 by virtue of Regulation 3(b). The company was fined a total of £80,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,574.
HSE inspector Rebekah Dunn said after the hearing: “The dangers associated with working at height are well-known and G&S Roofing had a duty to protect all operatives from the risk of falling from height. Despite repeated advice, the company failed to put in adequate precautionary measures. It is vital for duty-holders to ensure that all issues related to health and safety are suitably addressed, particularly when the issues are highlighted.”