Roofing company fined for failing to prevent fall from height
Posted by Jason Nicholls
The importance of health and safety signage has been highlighted after a roofing company has been fined for putting its workers at risk.
CFR Flat Roofing was issued a Prohibition Notice after the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found employees were being put at risk of a potentially fatal fall from height.
Three workers were replacing tiles on a sloping roof near at between eight and ten meters above the ground without safety barriers, Cardiff Magistrates Court heard.
But after the company failed to implement precautions to prevent a fall, the company was fined £5,985 with costs of £1,800.
Simon Breen, a HSE inspector, said: "Falls from height are the single biggest cause of fatalities in the construction industry.
"If work is carried out at height then all appropriate measures should be put in place to reduce the risk of falling. Common sense and practical solutions exist to prevent fatalities."
According to statistics from the HSE, there were more than 4,000 major injuries caused by falls from height at work in 2008/2009.
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