Roofers could sue employers over lack of safety

Roofers could sue employers over lack of safety measures 2790

Roofers in Deeside could launch legal action against their employer after a Health and Safety Exectuive (HSE) investigation found that not enough was done to protect them.

Mold Magistrates court heard on May 10th that Aston Roofing North West had been hired to replace the roof of a set of industrial units in Connah's Quay. 

The job involved replacing asbestos cement roof sheets with a safer metal roof cladding.

By chance, an off-duty HSE inspector spotted two of the employees on a roof with no safeguards to protect against falls.

The inspector immediately took action and placed a prohibition notice on the project - citing the lack of safety measures.

Aston Roofing North West pleaded guilty to a health and safety breach and was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £100 costs.

HSE inspector Chris Wilcox said: "The dangers of working at height are well known in the roofing industry yet poor safety standards and lack of safeguards still exist among some contractors."

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