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BBC Watchdog probe leads to prosecution for roofing firm

21st January 2014 | Warning Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

A firm and its director have been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after a probe by the BBC television programme ‘Watchdog’ filmed them breaking the law.

Watchdog had received complaints about the firm regarding poor workmanship and trading standards issues, so hired it to perform work on two bungalows.

Workers were filmed using pressure washers on a roof without any safety measures or warning signs to prevent a fall. The company director Darren Potts was filmed watching them, so was aware of the safety failings.

Renov8 (North West) Ltd and Darren Potts were each charged with two breaches of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. Renov8 was also charged with failing to have employers’ liability insurance.

The company and its director pleaded guilty to all charges. Renov8 was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £1,255 in prosecution costs. Mr Potts was also ordered to pay £1,255 costs, and was sentenced to 200 hours of community service to be carried out within 12 months.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801684364-ADNFCR


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