A roofing contractor has been fined for safety failings which put three workers at risk. Stevenage Magistrates’ Court heard the roofing company was contracted to carry out roof work at the premises.

The client stopped the roof work after they were informed by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) about the unsafe working methods found during a site visit.

The HSE found that workers were being put at risk by working at height on the fragile roof without adequate controls and using inappropriate equipment. The roofing company had failed to adequately plan, manage and supervise the work.

The roofing company pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 13(2) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007, and Regulation 9 (2) of the Work at Height Regulation 2005 and was fined £2,500 and ordered to pay costs of £1,459.

Work at height on a fragile asbestos cement sheet roof is a high risk activity. Workers are at risk of falling through the roof or from open edges if suitable protections are not in place.

Source: HSE