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Fined for breaching work at height safety regulations

Fined for breaching work at height safety regulations

27 January 2011 Email this article

A builder was fined £1,500 after he and an employee were spotted working on a pub roof without any work at height safety equipment.

A Merseyside builder has been fined £1,500 after he and another man were spotted working on a pub roof in St Helens without safety equipment.

HSE inspector Sandra Tomlinson said: “Mr Molloy apparently had little concern for his own safety, or that of those he employed, by working so precariously on a rooftop.

“When we visited the site and saw both men still working on the roof without safety equipment after previous warnings, we had no choice but to take legal action.

“Falls from height kill dozens of workers every year and seriously injure hundreds more. We will therefore continue to prosecute employers who put lives in danger.”

 The Health and Safety Executive prosecuted Charles Molloy from Molloy Building Contractors after an inspector spotted the men on the roof of the Black Horse Hotel on Park Road on 18 June 2009. 

St Helens Magistrates’ Court heard that Molloy had been hired to replace the ridge tiles on the top of the pub roof. But neither he nor the worker he employed wore harnesses, put up scaffolding or took any other safety precautions.

Molloy also ignored advice he was given about the way he was working by an Environmental Health Officer from St Helens Council, a few days before the HSE’s visit.

Molloy, from St Helens, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 by failing to take measures to prevent workers falling.

He was ordered to pay £1,000 towards the cost of the prosecution in addition to the fine at St Helens Magistrates’ Court on 9 March 2010.

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