Roofing company fined after ignoring HSE advice

G&S Roofing Ltd has been fined £80 thousand for safety failings related to working at height in August 2016.

A number of concerns were raised by members of the public about work being carried out by the company, which twice ignored written advice to address the issue of working at height in an unsafe manner.  Concern was raised by a member of the public who contacted HSE after seeing operatives working unsafely at height.

When inspectors visited the site they found workmen working on the flashings of a chimney from a ladder resting on the pitch of the roof at the unguarded gable end of the two storey house.  The did not identify the correct measures that would help prevent a person falling from the gable end of the building. Despite the HSE issuing a prohibition notice, the company took no action to rectify the dangerous working conditions.

G&S Roofing Ltd of Pembroke Lodge, 3 Pembroke Road, Ruslip was found guilty in its absence to breaching Regulations 4(1)(a) and 4(1)(c) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 by virtue of Regulation 3(b). The company was fined a total of £80,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,574.

HSE inspector Rebekah Dunn said:

“The dangers associated with working at height are well-known and G & S Roofing had a duty to protect all operatives from the risk of falling from height. Despite repeated advice, the company failed to put in adequate precautionary measures.

“It is vital for duty-holders to ensure that all issues related to health and safety are suitably addressed, particularly when the issues are highlighted.”