Fall from height prompts safety calls

Roofing companies are being reminded to take their safety responsibilities seriously to prevent injury compensation claims after a man fell through the roof of a factory in Swinton.

Lee Bridge was cleaning guttering at Magnesium Elektron’s premises in March last year when the roof gave way.

Fortunately a stack of pallets beneath him broke his fall, but his employer Tower Roofing has been prosecuted and fined for failing to observe health and safety regulations.

The roof Mr Bridge was working on had not been boarded out before the operation began, an investigation found.

"Working on roofs can be extremely dangerous so it’s vital that work is planned properly," commented Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Angelica Rutherford-Hacon.

"Companies should involve the workers who will be doing the job and consult them about the right equipment to use."

The case follows news that a roofer from Wigan was killed after falling ten metres to the floor when a PVC light gave way at The Range DIY store.ADNFCR-2070-ID-19281452-ADNFCR

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