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Newlook Roof Coatings has once again found itself in the courts. This time Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigators found the company allowed workers onto a house roof without any safety measures in place.
Solicitors representing Newlook Roof Coatings heard at Kidderminster Magistrates Court yesterday (June 20th) that company employees had used an unsecured ladder to clean and paint tiles on the roof of a house.
Additionally, inspectors found there was no scaffolding around the edge of the home, which would have prevented workers falling - potentially to their deaths - in the event of an accident.
The court was also told that a 26-year-old employee had previously fallen from the roof of a similar structure in Cirencester in 2011 while working for the company.
Lee Hanson plunged six metres in the incident after losing his footing on a ladder and broke his right wrist, suffered cuts and bruising and was ultimately unable to return to work for six weeks.
Although on this occasion no accident happened, the fact that it appears Newlook Roof Coatings has failed to learn lessons from the previous injuries to Mr Hanson means the breach of safety regulations is being taken extremely seriously.
The roofing firm pleaded guilty to two breaches of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 Act following its lack of safety measures.
This led the company to be fined £11,500 and ordered to pay prosecution costs totalling £6,737.
After the hearing in Kidderminster, HSE inspector Sue Adsett said: "This is the second time Newlook Roof Coatings has been prosecuted over unsafe work at height.
"It was only luck that no one was seriously injured on this occasion. There was no excuse for not erecting scaffolding around the roof for a job lasting a day or more like this, especially given the previous warnings the company has had."
Falls from height remain the most common cause of workplace deaths in the UK and many companies are still neglecting to effectively implement safe schemes of work for these kind of tasks.
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