Roofing firm fined over safety breach

A Malton-based roofing firm have been fined for safety breaches which led to an employee falling from a height and fracturing his skull.

Mitchell Roffing Ltd was contracted to replace existing roof lights at Monk Bridge Construction Co Ltd, Elvington, York. While carrying out this work, a worker slipped and fell seven metres through the inner roof sheets sustaining severe injuries.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that there was no risk assessment in place for the job, and no precautions had been taken to prevent falls from the edge of the roof or through various fragile elements.

The company had previously clad a new building at the site with incident and had used the appropriate precautions, but the minor work of replacing the panels in an existing roof was not planned, and no precautions were followed.

Mitchell Roofing Ltd of Derwent Road, Malton was found guilty to breaching Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £10,000 with £1,355 costs by York Magistrates Court.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Julian Franklin commented: “Basic precautions for roof work and better planning of the job should have been applied. Even short duration work on fragile roofs should be properly assessed and managed.



Post date: 31 May 2016

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