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Roofing company fined after fall from ladder

22nd November 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

A roofing company has pleaded guilty to safety failings after an employee suffered a serious and preventable fall.

Milton Keynes Roofing Ltd was found to have breached the Work at Height Regulations 2005 twice after an investigation showed that the equipment used was not satisfactory.

The worker, Thomas Rowe, was given a two-part extension ladder to complete work on a roof. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) ruled that for a job at that height, a tower scaffold or more rigid system should have been used.

The ladder was found to have damaged rungs and missing footers. HSE determined that it should not have been in use at all, as it was not safe.

Milton Keynes Roofing was fined £11,672. The judge ruled that the size of this fine was due to the limited means of the company to pay, and not indicative of the seriousness of the incident.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801663953-ADNFCR


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