Roofing company prosecuted over safety breaches
Following an incident in September 2013, HSE attended a property on Paragon Place, London and subsequently prosecuted, Chris Ball & Son Roofing Ltd., of Greenwich, for safety breaches.
West London Magistrates heard that two roof workers were tasked with removing tiles and re-felting a gulley area adjacent to a pitched roof. However, the company had failed to provide any edge protection around the roof, and had neglected to properly identify the risks to roofers from the work at height.
As a result, the firm was found guilty and they were fined £7,500 with £10,000 costs for breaching the Work at Height Regulations 2005.
After the hearing, HSE Inspector Kerry Williams said: “Quite simply, Chris Ball & Son had not provided any fencing or edge protection on the roof itself to safeguard its employees.
“Work at height risks are widely-known and recognised throughout the industry. Short duration roof work is not exempted from the regulations that are designed to protect workers. All risks should be properly managed to make sure workers are not placed at risk, whether the job lasts five minutes or five days.”