Repair and maintenance company fined after worker falls from height

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A repair and maintenance company in Norwich has been fined £150,000 after an employee fell two metres while working on a roof

Barkingside Magistrates’ Court heard how a roofer was working with a colleague to repair a leaky roof in Seaton Avenue, Felixstowe

There was no edge protection around the roof and access to the roof was via an unsecured ladder, so as the roofer accessed the ladder it slipped causing him to fall from a height of approximately two metres.

The worker sustained contusion and bruising to his head along with hearing damage.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found the assessment of the work prior to the arrival of the roofers on site was inadequate. There was neither a system for checking the correct equipment for work at height was being used, nor for supervision of the work on site.

RFT Repairs Limited, the repair and maintenance company based from Norwich pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of Work at Height Regulations 2005 and has been fined £150,000 and ordered to pay costs of £5,391.76.

HSE inspector Prentiss Clarke-Jones, speaking after the sentencing said: “Roof work requires a high level of planning, and supervision should be in place to ensure it is carried out safely.

“This incident so easily could have been fatal; work at height is a well-documented, well-regulated risk and there is no excuse for getting it wrong”.


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