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A building supplies and timber company in Tottenham, London has been fined following the death of a roofer working on a leaking roof.

Officials at the court hearing at Southwark Crown Court heard that Paul Hardy had been hired by Howarth Timber and Building Supplies to repair a roof at the North London site in 2012. The roofer, who was working for Hardy's company, Hardy Construction, had fallen through the roof and had died from his injuries. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Howarth Timber hadn't checked whether Hardy was sufficiently able to carry out the task, and had also failed to complete a risk assessment of the required work.

Meanwhile, the court heard that Hardy had failed to make adequate plans for the work, had not carried out a risk assessment and had failed to supply a detailed statement to provide details of how the work would be conducted. Access to the weakened roof was not safe, as Hardy had provided tower scaffolding, which had not been erected correctly. A ladder which was used hadn't been secured, and although the work was to be carried out on a weakened roof, Hardy failed to provide a platform for working, guardrails or covering. Both parties had pleaded guilty.

According to the inspector for HSE, Chris Tilley, the incident would have been avoided if necessary safety checks had been carried out, along with the correct equipment. PPE was introduced to prevent many of the tragic accidents that occur at sites all over the UK every year.

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