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Contractors fined after carrying out unsafe work on roof

BY Lee Craig
Health & Safety

A ground maintenance company and its subcontractor have been fined after two men worked on a roof without suitable measures in place to prevent a fall from height.

The ground maintenance company had subcontracted repair work a roof in Glasgow. The two subcontractors were photographed on the roof. One had slithered down a sloping roof to work on the roof edge, whilst another held on to a piece of webbing strap that was attached to a rope which in turn was attached to the harness of the first subcontractor. Neither of them were attached to a suitable anchor point. The first employee was observed throwing a brush and black bin bags up to the other.

The investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found that the ground maintenance company had failed to ensure that the subcontractor, had properly planned a safe system for working at height on the roof with appropriate equipment, and that they had carried out work at height whilst wearing a harness that was not attached to a suitable anchor point and was instead held by his colleague, exposing them both to the risk of serious injury or death from a fall from height.

The ground maintenance company plead guilty to breaching Regulation 15(2) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 and was fined £1300.

The subcontractors plead guilty to breaching Regulation 6(3) of the Work at height regulations 2005 and was fined £2000.

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