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Roofers failed to plan

28 Apr 16 Malton-based Mitchell Roofing Ltd has been fined £10,000 after a worker fractured his skull in a fall.

Mitchell Roofing was contracted to replace rooflights at Monk Bridge Construction Co Ltd in Elvington, York. The injured worker slipped and fell seven metres through the inner roof sheet.

A Health & Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that there had been no risk assessment and no precautions had been taken to prevent falls from the edge of the roof or through various fragile elements.

The defendant had previously clad a new building on the site without incident, using appropriate precautions, but the minor work of replacing the panels in an existing roof was not planned and no precautions were followed.

Mitchell Roofing Ltd of Derwent Road, Malton was found guilty of breaching Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £10,000 with £1,355 costs by York Magistrates Court.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Julian Franklin said: “Basic precautions for roof work and better planning of the job should have been applied. Even short duration work on fragile roofs should be properly assessed and managed.”

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