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Roofer sentenced for failing health and safety laws

Jul 10th, 2018

A hearing at the Greater Manchester Magistrates' Court last month highlighted how important it is for all companies and individuals to adhere to health and safety legislation.

The court heard how, on 7 November 2017, a roofer and his employee were contracted to carry out roof replacement work. The contractor failed to implement any form of edge protection or scaffolding whilst the roofing work was carried out and, in doing so, put himself and his employee at risk of a fall from height, as well as members of the public who were at risk from any falling materials. In addition, the contractor did not have employers’ liability compulsory insurance.

The contractor pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6 (3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, Regulation 10 (1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and Section 1 (1) of the Employers’ Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969. He was sentenced to six months imprisonment suspended for two years, 240 hours community service and ordered to pay costs of £4,600.

Further details of this case can be found here on the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website. After the hearing, a spokesman explained how the incident could so easily have been avoided by simply having the correct control measures and safe working practices in place. The case clearly demonstrates that the HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.

The HSE’s website is an excellent resource for health and safety guidance. Here at Marlow Gardner and Cooke we offer Risk Management advice in conjunction with the placement of Liability insurance and provide such support and service to many existing clients in the Construction sector. For further details or to obtain a quotation please get in touch here.

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