Caught on camera: firm fined after worker snapped standing on roof with no safety equipment

Caught on camera: firm fined after worker snapped standing on roof with no safety equipment

Caught on camera: firm fined after worker snapped standing on roof with no safety equipment

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , crime reporter

A ROOFING firm has been fined after a worker was photographed standing on a slanted rood with no safety measures in place.

Tyldesley based firm IQ Roofing Solutions was prosecuted after a member of the public snapped the worker on the roof.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector visited in the site the same day on June 6 last year and issued a prohibition notice, ordering the staff to come down until scaffolding or other safety measures had been introduced.

Boss Stuart Bell, managing director of the firm, had been at the site earlier that day and knew work would be carried out without scaffolding, a court heard.

The firm, of Nelson Street in Tyldesley, had previously been served with a prohibition notice in 2011 following unsafe working practices.

Trafford Magistrates Court heard the IQ Roofing Solutions was unable to provide proof that it held employers’ liability insurance — a legal requirement — which allows workers to claim compensation if they are injured at work.

The business pleaded guilty to two breaches of work at height regulations and to a breach of the employers’ liability act.

The company was fined £3,000 and ordered to pay £2,000 court costs.

A fine of £1,000 was issued to Mr Bell along with £1,619 prosecution costs after he admitted two breaches of the work at height regulations.

Laura Moran, HSE Inspector, said: “Falls from height are responsible for about a third of workplace deaths every year, with 25 people losing their lives in 2012 and 2013 alone.

“I’d therefore like to thank the member of the public who alerted us to the work, as they may well have prevented a serious injury.

“Both IQ Roofing Solutions and Stuart Bell put workers’ lives in danger by allowing them onto a slippery roof without safety measures in place. This meant that workers could have been badly injured if they had slipped and fallen to the ground below.

“If workers had been injured then they may not have been able to claim compensation as the firm also failed to provide us with any proof that it had employers’ liability insurance.”

IQ Roofing Solutions was unavailable for comment.

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8:20am Sat 26 Apr 14

waterbottle says...

Member of the public go get a hobby
Member of the public go get a hobby waterbottle
  • Score: -18

9:03am Sat 26 Apr 14

MrBenggo says...

Well done to the person who alerted the H.S.E.
You only fall once from that height.
A few years ago,I was unemployed and went for an interview at at a wholesale frozen food supplier,I was told that when all the orders were completed I could go home.Some of the food was stored on racks twenty feet high;"we don't bother with ladders we just climb up and we can get finished early" I was told.
"Not me"I told the interviewer,"I want to be able to go home alive,safety comes first always"
It's the attitude to safety,such as that of "water bottle"that fatalities occur.
Well done to the person who alerted the H.S.E. You only fall once from that height. A few years ago,I was unemployed and went for an interview at at a wholesale frozen food supplier,I was told that when all the orders were completed I could go home.Some of the food was stored on racks twenty feet high;"we don't bother with ladders we just climb up and we can get finished early" I was told. "Not me"I told the interviewer,"I want to be able to go home alive,safety comes first always" It's the attitude to safety,such as that of "water bottle"that fatalities occur. MrBenggo
  • Score: 5

10:01am Sat 26 Apr 14

w1ggan says...

waterbottle wrote:
Member of the public go get a hobby
He already has, snapping plonkers like you.

Firms like IQ Roofing undercut firms that follow the law, don't forget the property owner could also be held jointly liable.
[quote][p][bold]waterbottle[/bold] wrote: Member of the public go get a hobby[/p][/quote]He already has, snapping plonkers like you. Firms like IQ Roofing undercut firms that follow the law, don't forget the property owner could also be held jointly liable. w1ggan
  • Score: 9

11:39am Sat 26 Apr 14

steveG says...

What's a risk to one person may not, necessarily, be a similar risk to another.
Leave the individual to make up their own mind and stop the nanny state jobsworths.
What's a risk to one person may not, necessarily, be a similar risk to another. Leave the individual to make up their own mind and stop the nanny state jobsworths. steveG
  • Score: -14

1:37pm Sat 26 Apr 14

mr.mark.c says...

steveG wrote:
What's a risk to one person may not, necessarily, be a similar risk to another.
Leave the individual to make up their own mind and stop the nanny state jobsworths.
It's not that easy if you are in fear of losing your job.
[quote][p][bold]steveG[/bold] wrote: What's a risk to one person may not, necessarily, be a similar risk to another. Leave the individual to make up their own mind and stop the nanny state jobsworths.[/p][/quote]It's not that easy if you are in fear of losing your job. mr.mark.c
  • Score: 0

3:31pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Lancashire always says...

mr.mark.c wrote:
steveG wrote:
What's a risk to one person may not, necessarily, be a similar risk to another.
Leave the individual to make up their own mind and stop the nanny state jobsworths.
It's not that easy if you are in fear of losing your job.
Sorry meant to give thumbs up this is true` safety issues are taking a back seat in some situations due to costs and the do it or someone else will. Thank fully laws are in place to prosecute companies not following health and safety rules. We have had horrific stories in the BN of people killed due to processes not being followed he may be confident but it would take only one slip to ruin his life.
[quote][p][bold]mr.mark.c[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]steveG[/bold] wrote: What's a risk to one person may not, necessarily, be a similar risk to another. Leave the individual to make up their own mind and stop the nanny state jobsworths.[/p][/quote]It's not that easy if you are in fear of losing your job.[/p][/quote]Sorry meant to give thumbs up this is true` safety issues are taking a back seat in some situations due to costs and the do it or someone else will. Thank fully laws are in place to prosecute companies not following health and safety rules. We have had horrific stories in the BN of people killed due to processes not being followed he may be confident but it would take only one slip to ruin his life. Lancashire always
  • Score: 3

9:39pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Rememberscarborough says...

What sort of numpty goes up on a steep sloping roof and then starts spraying water to make it even more slippery? The HSE would have a far easier job if employees used some of the brain cells they were born with.

The boss was rightly fined but so should the employee for risking anyone underneath where they were working.
What sort of numpty goes up on a steep sloping roof and then starts spraying water to make it even more slippery? The HSE would have a far easier job if employees used some of the brain cells they were born with. The boss was rightly fined but so should the employee for risking anyone underneath where they were working. Rememberscarborough
  • Score: 4

9:17pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Robert2012 says...

Some retired OAP with nothing better to do with their life grassing and taking photos ......

Get a life for gods sake
Some retired OAP with nothing better to do with their life grassing and taking photos ...... Get a life for gods sake Robert2012
  • Score: -2

8:49am Tue 29 Apr 14

Jim271 says...

I bet the individual in question didn't hold a British Passport,

Cheap Labour again.
I bet the individual in question didn't hold a British Passport, Cheap Labour again. Jim271
  • Score: 0

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