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Lack of edge protection costs £17k

7 Aug 15 A London roofing contractor has been fined £7,500 plus £10,000 costs for failing to put up any edge protection on a roof it was re-felting.

An inspector from the Health & Safety Executive visited a property at Paragon Place, Blackheath on 30th September 2013 and subsequently prosecuted, Chris Ball & Son Roofing Ltd., of Greenwich, for safety breaches.

West London magistrates heard this week how two roof workers were tasked with removing tiles and re-felting a gulley area adjacent to a pitched roof. The company had failed to provide any edge protection around the roof and had neglected to identify the risks associated with working at height.

HSE Inspector Kerry Williams said after the hearing: “Quite simply, Chris Ball & Son had not provided any fencing or edge protection on the roof itself to safeguard its employees. Work at height risks are widely-known and recognised throughout the industry. Short duration roof work is not exempted from the regulations that are designed to protect workers. All risks should be properly managed to make sure workers are not placed at risk, whether the job lasts five minutes or five days.”

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