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August 5, 2015

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Roofing company prosecuted over worker’s fall

Chris Ball & Son Roofing Ltd. of Greenwich were prosecuted for safety breaches following an incident on 30 September 2013 at a property in London.

West London Magistrates were told on 4 August 2015 that two roof workers were tasked with removing tiles and re-felting a gulley area adjacent to a pitched roof. The company had failed to provide any edge protection around the roof and had neglected to properly identify the risks to the roofers from the work at height.

Chris Ball & Son Roofing Ltd. of Duke of Wellington Road, Greenwich, was found guilty and fined £7,500 with £10,000 costs for breaching the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Kerry Williams said: “Quite simply, Chris Ball & Son had not provided any fencing or edge protection on the roof itself to safeguard its employees.

“Work at height risks are widely-known and recognised throughout the industry. Short duration roof work is not exempted from the regulations that are designed to protect workers. All risks should be properly managed to make sure workers are not placed at risk, whether the job lasts five minutes or five days.”

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8 years ago

Oh My God! This is terrifying. Roofing contractor is indeed a dangerous job, hence the company should make sure of their safety. to avoid undesirable accidents to happen like this.