News Brothers Fined £12000 Unsafe Working Height

Two brothers have been fined £6,000 each for allowing their employees to work at height unsafely.

An inspection by the Health & Safety Executive found workers from the brothers’ firm, GE White & Sons Ltd, fitting roof sheets to a steel frame building in Lewes, East Sussex, four to five metres from the floor with no safety netting or scaffold. Some were standing on the roof sheets.

The inspector immediately issued a Prohibition Notice preventing work from continuing until the safety issues were addressed.

However, a follow-up inspection six days later found the structure was only half netted and one side of the scaffold had been removed.

Worthing Magistrates’ Court heard that the exact same issues had been identified at another site run by the brothers’ firm in 2011 and an Improvement Notice had been issued to GE White & Sons Ltd to put a management system in place.

Jason and Gary White, both directors of the company, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 37(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 for failure to comply with Section 4 1(c) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

In addition to their fines, Jason White, of Chapel Field House, Lewes, East Sussex, and Gary White of the Meadows, Lewes, East Sussex, were ordered to pay costs of £1,362 between them.

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