Roofer fined for unsafe roof work

A roofer has been fined for safety failings after a complaint has been made to the HSE (Health & Safety Executive) regarding unsafe roof work.

No one was injured by the incident, however  members of the public were endangered by the potential for falling objects.

Magistrates court heard that the roofing company had been contracted to undertake roof repairs to the property.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) established that the roofer undertook the work for £650. The price of a scaffold would have been between £1400 and £1500.

The roofing company was fined a total of £2,000 and ordered to pay £1,966 in costs after pleading guilty to a single breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

After the hearing HSE Inspector John Caboche said: “This was a serious incident that could have ended in tragedy for Mr Colwell or a member of the public had he fallen or had a loose roof tile been dislodged during the repairs.

“The incident was wholly preventable and could have been avoided had Mr Colwell used a scaffold and not undercut the other roofing company and if the operation been better planned and managed.

“It is essential that roof work is carefully assessed by competent persons, with a plan in place to prevent falls of persons and objects. Roof work remains one of the most dangerous activities in the construction sphere.

“Terry Colwell was fully aware of the dangers of roof work and HSE publishes extensive guidance that is readily-available of how to safely manage this type of work.”

Further information on how to properly manage roof work can be found on the HSE website at http://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/safetytopics/roofwork.ht

Source: HSE