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Roofing contractor put lives of workers at risk

5th March 2014 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Nicole Stevens

A Somerset roofing contractor has been fined after an inspection by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found he was putting lives at risk by failing to adequately protect people working at height.

The 50-year-old Neil Popham had received previous enforcement notices relating to safe working at height, but had not put any measures in place to protect workers at a farm in Over Stowey from the danger of falling.

An HSE inspector visited the site after a complaint was made to the organisation about the safety of the workers. She found that edge protection was not in use, netting to minimise the effects of a fall was inadequate and the ladder used to access the roof was not tied on.

HSE inspector Kate Leftly said: "Having had previous enforcement action Mr Popham was more than aware of the risks but was still prepared to endanger the lives of those working for him."

Mr Popham pleaded guilty to a breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, and was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £950 in costs.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801700402-ADNFCR


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