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Northwest Roofer is prosecuted after failing to protect contractors whilst working at height

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A Bury roofer has appeared in court for putting workers’ lives at risk, despite previously being prosecuted after a man was paralysed in a fall through a warehouse roof.

(The roofer) was photographed with two other men sitting on the ridge of the roof of a furniture warehouse in Trafford Park, approximately ten metres above the ground, in October 2012.

He was prosecuted after the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found he had not taken any steps to prevent the men falling when climbing up the fragile roof to reach the ridge.

Trafford Magistrates’ Court in Sale heard (The Roofer) had been hired to carry out minor repairs to the roof at the Furniture warehouse to fix leaks in the valley between two sloping sections. He was seen climbing up to the ridge of the roof with a casual labourer and an employee from the furniture warehouse to check for other leaks, but failed to provide any safety equipment.

No risk assessment or method statement was produced in advance of the work, and no precautions were taken to prevent any of the men falling from the edge or through fragile glass skylights which run along almost the entire length of the roof.

(The Roofer) was ordered to carry out 100 hours of community service in the next 12 months, and to pay £2,000 in prosecution costs.

Speaking after the hearing, a HSE Inspector said: “It’s shocking that (The Roofer) showed such a reckless attitude to safety at the furniture warehouse in Trafford Park, especially as one of his employees was paralysed in a fall in a previous incident.

“Work at height has the potential to be extremely dangerous if it isn’t planned and carried out using appropriate equipment..” Falls from height are the biggest cause of workplace deaths in the construction industry in Great Britain. Information on improving safety is available at www.hse.gov.uk/falls.

Article Information provided by http://www.hse.gov.uk

 

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