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Photos capture reckless roofer

6 Dec 13 Photographs taken by a passing council official has landed a roofer with a fine for £2,000 plus £688 costs.

At least two men working for Amarjeet Singh, 35, from Southall, were spotted as they worked on the property in Lucas Avenue, Harrow on 26 October 2012. There was no sign of any measures in place to prevent the workers, materials or equipment from falling from height.

The council official passed his photographs on to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), which investigated and prosecuted the roofer for disregarding the safety of himself and others.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard this week he was undertaking the work through his company VS Multani Roofing Contractor, a company that had previously received enforcement action for breaches of safety law covering work at height.

The photos showed that, despite HSE’s previous safety warning, Mr Singh had ignored legal requirements. There were clearly no safety provisions in place to prevent or mitigate a fall.

After the hearing HSE inspector Jack Wilby said: “Working at height on a roof without adequate means to prevent persons, materials or equipment from falling is simply unacceptable.”

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