Updated Jul 23, 2021

Construction company fined after worker falls from garage roof

A construction company has been fined for failing to comply with work at height regulations, after a worker fell from a garage roof.

Kidderminster Magistrates' Court heard that in February 2020, the worker had accessed the roof using a ladder and was working on his knees with his side to the open edge whilst fitting a rubber trim.

There wasn't any edge protection in place and he fell from the roof, resulting in a broken hip, fractures to his foot and knee damage.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the work was not suitably planned. Although the company owned edge protection and suitable equipment to provide access to the roof, it was not used to carry out work on the garage.

There was not a suitable audit system to monitor what equipment was being used.

A.E.S. (Roofing Contractors) Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching the Work at Height Regulations SI 2005/735, was fined £30,000 and ordered to pay costs of £510.30.

HSE inspector, Aaron Fisher said: "Falls from height remain one of the most common causes of work-related fatalities in this country and the risks associated with working at height are well known".

"Companies should be aware that unsafe work at height without suitable and sufficient controls in place is not acceptable. The HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards".