The perils of working at height and the need for training

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The potential dangers of working at height are regularly stressed to clients by the EP Risk team during our training courses.

The importance of the issue was highlighted this month when a roofing company was fined £80,000 for safety failings related to working at height.

Magistrates heard how numerous concerns were raised by members of the public about work being carried out by G & S Roofing.

The company twice ignored written advice to address the issue. An investigation found one of the company’s 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 a two-storey house.

There was nothing at the gable end of the roof to prevent a person falling. A prohibition was served but the company took no action to rectify the dangerous working conditions.

G & S Roofing Ltd of 3 Pembroke Road, Ruslip was found guilty in its absence to breaching Work at Height Regulations 2005. The company was fined a total of £80,000 by Brighton Magistrates and ordered to pay costs of £4,574.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Rebekah Dunn said: “The dangers associated with working at height are well-known. 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.”

EP Risk offers Working at Height training. Please contact us today for details.