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18 11, 2017

Prison Sentence for Roofing Contractor

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Council H&S officers reported dangerous roof work to HSE

A roofing contractor has been sentenced for safety breaches after workers were left at risk of falling from unprotected roof edges in February 2016.

The failures of C Smith Roofing (Mr Chris Smith T/A) were discovered by local council health and safety staff who could see unsafe scaffolding from their office window.

Leeds Crown Court heard that in November 2015 Mr Smith was contracted to carry out some roof repairs to a Guest House roof in Northallerton.

Scaffolding was erected along the full length of the roof at the front of the property. There was a conservatory structure at the rear of the property and the company erected only a partial scaffold at the rear.

The scaffolding erected at the rear failed to take the conservatory into account which left approximately two thirds of the rear roof edge unprotected.

Risk of falling 7m

Health and safety risk managers at North Yorkshire County Council saw the project from their office window and were concerned for the safety of two workers on a roof.

The workmen were under the control of Mr Smith and at risk of falling approximately 7m from the unprotected edge of the roof at the rear of the property.

Chris Smith of Malpas Road Northallerton North Yorkshire pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6 (3) of the Work at height Regulations 2005.

The Court sentenced Mr Smith to an eight-month prison sentence (suspended for two) years and ordered that he complete 200 hours of community service and pay £5800 in prosecution costs.

Protection from falling when working at height is imperative, for guidance contact me via my Contact button above.

18 07, 2017

Safety Failings brings what they deserve

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Roofing company fined after safety failings

8 June 2017

A roofing company has today been sentenced for safety failings related to working at height.

Brighton Magistrates Court heard how numerous concerns were raised by members of the public about work being carried out by G & S Roofing Limited.  The company twice ignored written advice to address the issue of working at height in an unsafe manner.

In August 2016, (not pictured above)a further concern was raised by a member of the public who contacted the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after seeing more evidence of operatives hired by G & S Roofing working unsafely from height. Inspectors then visited the site.

The HSE investigation found one of the operatives to be working on the flashings of a chimney from a ladder resting on the pitch of the roof at the unguarded gable end of the two storey house. There was nothing at the gable end of the roof to prevent a person falling. There were no suitable measures in place to prevent a person falling from the gable end, a fall which could have caused personal injury. A prohibition was served but the company took no action to rectify the dangerous working conditions.

G & S Roofing Ltd (not pictured above) of Pembroke Lodge, 3 Pembroke Road, Ruslip was found guilty in its absence to breaching Regulations 4(1)(a) and  4(1)(c) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 by virtue of Regulation 3(b). The company was today fined a total of £80,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,574.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Rebekah Dunn said: “The dangers associated with working at height are well-known and G & S Roofing had a duty to protect all operatives from the risk of falling from height. Despite repeated advice, the company failed to put in adequate precautionary measures.

“It is vital for duty-holders to ensure that all issues related to health and safety are suitably addressed, particularly when the issues are highlighted.”

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3 07, 2017

Safety Standards allowed to fall despite HSE Intervention

2017-10-12T09:22:28+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|Fatal Fall from Height|Comments Off on Safety Standards allowed to fall despite HSE Intervention

Safety standards allowed to fall despite HSE enforcement action.

A company director and site foreman have been found guilty of manslaughter in connection with the death of a workman in Brighton in October 2014.

Michael Holland, 69, company director of Kings Road, Brighton, and Grant Oakes, 46, a site foreman of Elm Drive, Hove, had both denied a charge each of gross negligence manslaughter in connection with the death of 55-year-old carpenter David Clark. Mr Clark died one month after falling through a gap in the first floor of a building on which he was working.

How can in this day and age be allowed to happen, there are numerous types of equipment and covers in the market place.

Lewes Crown Court heard that Mr Clark was airlifted to St George’s Hospital, Tooting, in a critical condition after falling 4.5m to the ground. A month later he died at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton.

The two men and Cherrywood Investments Ltd also admitted or were found guilty of offences under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The defendants will be sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on 21 July 2017.

This type of incident is totally avoidable with pre-planning and carrying out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment to be compliments by a very detailed Method Statement.

If you would like to protect your most valuable asset, your employees and then protect your bank balance by avoiding the level of fine as detailded above then please contact me on for personal and professional safety advice.

8 06, 2017

The Need to Assess all Work at height

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The need to Assess Work at height

We are aware that the majority of the readership is already complying with the requirements for assessing all work at height.

But for those who may need a gentle reminder as to what is required and why, please read on;

What you need to do

The Law requires that employers and self-employed contractors assess the risk from work at height and go on to organise and plan the work so it is carried out safely.


Try avoiding work at height, if you can. You must otherwise prevent or arrest a fall and injury if work at height is necessary.

Instruct and train your workforce in the precautions needed. Method statements are widely used in the construction industry to help manage the work and communicate what is required to all those involved.

Key issues for all work at height are:

  • Risk assessment
  • Precautions required
  • Method statements

Work at height is the biggest single cause of fatal and serious injury in the construction industry, particularly on smaller projects.

Over 60% of deaths during work at height involve falls:

  • from ladders, scaffolds, working platforms and roof edges; and through fragile roofs or rooflights.


If you require any assistance in assessing the work at height you are planning on doing, or need assistance in writing RAMS (Risk Assessments Method Statements, the dont del in contacting me

23 02, 2017

Fatal Flat Roof Fall

2017-10-12T09:22:28+00:00 February 23rd, 2017|Fatal Fall from Height|Comments Off on Fatal Flat Roof Fall

There ar numerous roofing companies out there who believe that they do not need to provide edge protection around a simple flat roof on a kitchen / bathroom extension or even a garage roof.

During my travels I see this kind of work activities all over the country.


The Working at Height Regulations state that falls from from height which can result in personal injury, must be prevented, there are many ways of achieving this.

If you are one of these flat roofing companies, please read the article below and when you have digested it, and decided that you would like some assistance in putting a method statement and risk assessment together which will identify how you can prevent such a fall happening to you or a colleague / employee, then give me a call or contact me via the “Contact Us” button on this website.



Employer prosecuted after employee falls from roof
13 February 2017
A self-employed businessman has been prosecuted after his employee fell from the flat roof of a building and died from his injuries.

Manchester Crown Court heard how, on 22 December 2013, father of two, Jason Fogarty, a casual employee of Roy Hardaker (trading as 9 to 5 Roofing), was working on a flat roof replacement project. He was working alongside. Hardaker.

The roof replacement was complete and the men were installing cladding and flashing around the top of the building to seal the edges of the roof. Mr. Fogarty was holding the cladding sheets in position from a ladder footed by his colleague, while Hardaker secured the sheets and the flashing from the roof.

Mr. Fogarty climbed up onto the roof and subsequently fell from the edge and was pronounced dead at the scene. The reason for him climbing to the roof was not discovered.

A joint investigation carried out by Greater Manchester Police and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the work was not properly planned in order to ensure it could be carried out safely. As a result, there were no measures in place, such as scaffold edge protection, to prevent falls from the edges of the roof.

HSE inspector Laura Moran said after the hearing: “The dangers associated with working at height are well known.

“Mr. Hardaker is an experienced roofer, who completely failed in his duties to properly plan the roof work and to ensure it was carried out safely. By failing to have suitable edge protection installed around the building, Mr. Hardaker put himself and his employees at risk, ultimately costing Mr. Fogarty his life.”

Roy Hardaker 9 to 5 Roofing, of Oldham, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was sentenced to nine months imprisonment, suspended for two years and 200 hours of unpaid work.