September 17, 2019

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Roofing partners fined for height risks

Both partners of a roofing company have been sentenced for unsafe work on a Bowls Club in Salisbury.

Swindon Magistrates’ Court was told that between 23 April and 7 May 2018 workers of CB Roofing were seen working on the roof with unsafe access, no edge protection and nothing to prevent falls through the fragile roof material.

The HSE found that the partners failed to ensure that the work at height was properly planned, appropriately supervised and carried out safely.

Philip Robert Stanley Spring of Blyth Way, Salisbury pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4 (1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and received a six-month custodial sentence, suspended for 12 months, in which time he must undertake 250 hours unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay costs of £1,836.31.

Christopher James Barham of Hughendon Manor, Salisbury pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4 (1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and received a six-month custodial sentence, suspended for 12 months, in which time he must also undertake 250 hours unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay costs of £1,836.31.

Speaking after the hearing HSE Inspector Sue Adsett said: “Falls from height remain one of the most common causes of work-related injuries in this country and the risks associated with working at height are well known.”

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