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HSE official spots dangerous work

10th January 2014 | Warning Signs

A textile recycler has been fined after a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector witnessed two of his employees working on a roof without anything resembling proper safety precautions.

The workers were trying to fix a leak on a sloping roof without any measures to prevent accidents, such as safety equipment or warning signs.

Rajesh Voralia, trading as RTS Textile Recyclers, claimed that there was no work at height occurring in the building. However, a ladder was available and the unit had a mezzanine floor. The ladder in question barely reached the roof, and had damaged rungs and worn feet.

Mr Voralia was fined £4,000 and ordered to pay £3,500 in costs after admitting breaching the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

Jane Wolfenden, inspector for the HSE, said: “Whilst there was no actual injury in this case, the risk of serious injury or death from falls during roof work is high and Mr Voralia could have easily prevented such work”ADNFCR-2754-ID-801680886-ADNFCR


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