News Roofing Firm And Senior Manager Fined Safety Failings

A roofing firm and a senior manager of the company firm has been fined for safety failings after an employee suffered life changing injuries when he fell through a fragile roof.

Worthing Magistrates’ Court heard how on January 2015 Practical Cladding Solutions Limited of Southampton was appointed by Styropack UK Limited to cut a hole in an industrial roof and clad an extension when a 25 year old employee fell through an unprotected fragile roof light next to the work area.

Practical Cladding Solutions Limited, of Calmore Industrial Estate, Testwood, Totton was fined a total of £9,000, after pleading guilty to offences under Regulations 4(1)(a), 4(1)(b) and 4(1)(c) of the Work at Height Regulations.

Anthony Hibbard (Senior Manager of Practical Cladding Solutions Limited), was fined a total of £3,000, after pleading guilty to offences under Regulations 4(1)(a), 4(1)(b) and 4(1)(c) of the Work at Height Regulations.

Costs of £1192 were awarded to the Health and Safety Executive.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector R Beckett said: “Work on fragile roofs causes a great deal of serious injuries and fatal incidents, work at height must be properly planned, supervised and carried out in a safe manner.”

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