Director Banned and Fined for Unsafe Work

by Alex on February 26, 2013

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In a more common sight these days, HSE has fined the director of a Nottingham building firm after it was initially reported by members of the public that unsafe work on an asbestos cement roof was taking place.

The refurbishment company had been contracted to replace the roof of a factory in Nottingham in order for Solar panels to be installed. After an inspection was taken place by HSE inspector it was noted that there were numerous unprotected fragile rooflights, poor or no edge protection and workers were not using safe work platforms or harnesses to prevent falls.

HSE reported “Two Prohibition Notices were served by HSE, halting work immediately and several weeks later the inspector uncovered evidence that a worker had fallen through one of the skylights on the morning of her visit”.

The Director pleaded guilty to breaching:

·      Regulations 4(1) and 9(2)(a) of the Work at Height Regulations for failing to ensure work was properly planned supervised and carried out safely using suitable protective measures such as platforms, guard rails and coverings; and

·      Section 20 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 for failing to provide information relevant to an investigation.

Nottingham Magistrates’ Court fined him £2,400 and ordered him to pay costs of £1,585. He was also disqualified as a director for two years.

After the hearing HSE inspector Frances Bailey said:

“The Director showed a flagrant disregard of the perils of working at height. The poor system of work, the lack of equipment provided and the inadequate risk assessment meant that the work was extremely dangerous.

“On average seven people each year are killed after falling through a fragile roof or fragile roof light. However, falls can be easily prevented by careful planning, using trained and experienced workers with suitable equipment and employing a high level of supervision.”


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Link to HSE News Release

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