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HSE investigates breach of regulations at East Midlands companyPosted on 11/05/2016

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recently investigated a complaint regarding a Nottingham company that allowed its workers to carry out repair work on a roof without adequate safety measures in place.

Workers from the demolition company were removing tiling from the roof of a residential property in July 2015, and a report was filed with the Health and Safety Executive following concerns about safety.

 

Leicester Magistrates' Court was informed that the HSE had conducted an investigation into the report, visiting Prodem Demolition and Asbestos Limited.

During the investigation, the HSE discovered employees of the company removing tiles on a steep roof without any safety measures in place to prevent falls from the roof, which may have included the use of PPE or other equipment to maintain the safety of the employees.

HSE released a statement, which read:

“The risks from such work are well known and should be controlled using simple but effective measures.”

The company had originally intended to work using a cherry picker or an elevated work platform with a basket. However, this plan was not followed and the workers carried out work at height without any safety precautions and procedures in place, putting them at risk of serious injury or falling from height.

After the demolition film pleaded guilty to a breach of Regulation 13(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, it was ordered to pay £765 in costs, along with a fine of £6,000.

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