Firms hit with £50,000 fines and costs af­ter roofer fall

Macclesfield Express - - NEWS -

TWO firms have been or­dered to pay a to­tal of around £50,000 in fines and le­gal costs af­ter a worker suf­fered per­ma­nent in­juries when he fell through a roof.

Peter Tracey plum­meted five me­tres on to a con­crete floor while re­mov­ing as­bestos roof sheets from a dis­used build­ing in Poyn­ton.

The 59-year-old suf­fered crit­i­cal in­juries, in­clud­ing two col­lapsed lungs, frac­tures to his ribs and hip, and a rup­tured left shoul­der ten­don.

Lo­cal As­bestos Ser­vices Ltd and Con­struc­tion Con­tract­ing UK Ltd were pros­e­cuted by the Health and Safety (HSE).

A sen­tenc­ing hear­ing at Liver­pool Mag­is­trates’ Court on Au­gust 8 heard Mr Tracey was part of a group of labour­ers hired to re­move the as­bestos sheets from the roof of a for­mer fac­tory on Mid­dle­wood Road dur­ing its de­mo­li­tion on April 5 last year.

The court heard that de­spite an agree­ment that sheets would be re­moved us­ing a cherry picker or scis­sor lift, two of the men, in­clud­ing Mr Tracey, were al­lowed to climb on to the roof with­out safety equip­ment, such as nets or har­nesses.


Con­struc­tion Con­tract­ing UK Ltd, of Ashby Road in Hinckley, Le­ices­ter­shire, was fined £12,000 and or­dered to pay costs of £23,706 af­ter be­ing found guilty of a sin­gle breach of the Con­struc­tion (De­sign and Man­age­ment) Reg­u­la­tions 2007 by fail­ing to mon­i­tor the roof work to make sure it was safe.

Lo­cal As­bestos Ser­vices Ltd, of Sal­is­bury Road in Hay­dock, was fined £8,000 and or­dered to pay £6,371 in costs af­ter plead­ing guilty to a sin­gle breach of the Work at Height Reg­u­la­tions 2005 by fail­ing to en­sure the roof work was car­ried out safely.

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