Roofers fined after being spotted working unsafely
A West Midlands roofing firm has been fined after a passing safety official spotted an employee working unsafely at height without any fall protection.
GS Roofing Specialists LLP was prosecuted following the chance encounter at the Kelvin Way Trading Estate in West Bromwich on 26 September 2013, in which an inspector for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) spotted two workers on a fragile roof without any adequate fall prevention or fall mitigation measures in place.
A subsequent HSE investigation found that GS Roofing Specialists LLP had prepared a risk assessment and method statement for this work that stated that guard rails and netting would be used. They weren’t, and suitable boarding, platforms, or coverings were also overlooked.
The company was fined £7,500 and ordered to pay £1,090 costs after pleading guilty to breaching regulation 9(2) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.
Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Gareth Langston said: “The dangers that the workers faced were so great and immediately obvious when I witnessed the safety breaches being committed.
“GS Roofing Specialists LLP blatantly ignored the risk assessment’s advice for fall protection to be in place, leaving workers exposed to an unnecessary risk of a serious or even fatal injury.
“Working at height is a high-risk activity. There is a need to adequately plan for such work and ensure those plans are fully implemented and monitored effectively to ensure the safety of those involved.”