A self employed business man has been fined over £19,000 for failing to risk assess a roof job to work safely at height & failing to provide safety at height training to his employee.

Liverpool Magistrates’ Court heard how an employee was replacing broken tiles on a roof. After completing the repair on the roof ridge, he stepped onto an adjacent fragile roof to remove debris. He fell several feet through a fragile skylight into a tractor scraper parked below. The worker suffered a broken bones and head injuries which meant that he was unable to return to work for six months.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident found there was no suitable and sufficient risk assessment of the job and working at height. The worker had not undergone specific safety at height training and he had been given no information or instruction on the potential risks in relation to roof work and working at height.

The business owner pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, and was fined £16,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3,330.80.