October 29, 2019

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Inspections revealed serious safety breaches

A roofing company has been fined after repeatedly failing to manage health and safety on construction sites.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court was told how between 7 March 2017 and 8 October 2018, Superfast Roofing Ltd received two prohibition notices. Serious breaches of legislation were found on sites during roofing work they carried out in London and Essex. This included the Old Dagenham Methodist Church Hall, Rainham Road South, Dagenham, Essex.

Inspections by the HSE found that Superfast Roofing Ltd had failed to plan, manage, monitor and carry out work at height safely. The company had repeatedly breached work at height legislation, with uncontrolled fall from height risks at separate sites, with no signs of the company taking steps to improve standards.

Superfast Roofing Ltd of Grange Road, Ilford, Essex was found guilty of breaching Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and Regulation 15(2) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. The company was fined £30,000 and ordered to pay costs of £6,000.

After the hearing, HSE Inspector David King said: ‘Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards, and especially where companies don’t heed previous advice.’

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Barbour download: Guide to working at height

Work at any height can cause injury; a fall from a height of just one or two steps can cause serious injury.

The Regulations were amended in 2007 to extend their application to those who work at height providing instruction or leadership to one or more people engaged in caving or climbing by way of sport, recreation, team building or similar activities in Great Britain.

Download your free guide from Barbour to understand: Duties of persons in control of work at height; Duties of persons undertaking work at height; General controls when working at height; Method statement for work at height; Selection of a means of access; Working platforms; Guardrails and toeboards; Ladders Mobile work platforms; Suspended access equipment; Personal suspension equipment and, Inspection of fall arrest equipment.

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