Work at Height Breach

A roofing company has been fined after an employee was seen working on a sloping roof of a house without any safety equipment.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector saw the employee standing on the ridge of the slippy roof whilst using a power washer.

Speaking after the hearing, the HSE said:

“Around a dozen roofers are killed each year in the UK as a result of falls from height, and the majority of these deaths could have been prevented if those carrying out the work had planned the work properly and taken adequate precautions”.

The employee was working more than 20 feet from the ground. The consequences of a fall from that height are likely to be very serious or fatal injuries.

There are health and safety laws and regulations in place to protect employees from such risks.
Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 states;

“Where work is carried out at height, every employer shall take suitable and sufficient measures to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, any person falling a distance liable to cause personal injury.”

If you have been injured as a result of an accident at work, call Gregory Abrams Davidson LLP on the above number for advice.