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Roofers in court after 'lamentable' work at height failings

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A London roofing company and its director have been prosecuted for “lamentable” work at height failings after three employees were spotted working on the roof of a house with nothing to stop them falling.


Ranjit Roofing Company Ltd, of Ealing, was fined £5,000 after pleading guilty to breaching regulation 4(1) the Work at Height Regulations having sent the three workers onto the roof of a two-story house in Brent, west London, without measures such as scaffolding or harnesses to safeguard them.

An HSE inspector responding on 10 July 2012 to a complaint also found there was nothing to prevent building materials or objects from falling two floors to the ground, exposing any workers below to serious risk of injury.

The company was served with an immediate prohibition notice halting all work at height at the property until sufficient safety measures had been put in place.

Ranjit Singh, the company’s director, was given a two year conditional discharge and ordered to pay full costs of £1,957 for breaching of section 37(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Hounslow-based Ranjit Roofing Co was also ordered to pay out £4,137 in costs.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Jack Wilby said this was the second roofing company from west London prosecuted for work at height failings in recent months. 

“The consequences of a fall from height are likely to be life-changing,” he added. “That is why HSE will not hesitate to take action against companies that fall so lamentably below standards when it comes to protecting their staff.

“The fact that there was no incident in this case is immaterial – the danger was there and someone could have been injured, or even killed, at any time.”

 

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