A roofing firm based in Suffolk has been fined after a series of safety failings put the lives of workers in danger.
The director of the firm, Anthony Nightingale, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after he was caught on camera using a power tool while balancing on the roof.
Ipswich Magistrates' Court was told that Mr Nightingale failed to use a suitable roof ladder to reach the ridge.
Both he and his employee were seen walking along the ridge where there were no measures in place to prevent them from falling off the roof.
He pleaded guilty to a breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined GBP 1,300 and ordered to pay GBP 3,000 in prosecution costs and a GBP 15 victim surcharge.
Recent HSE figures revealed that falls from height are the biggest single cause of workplace deaths in the UK, with more than 4,000 workers suffering a major injury as a result of a fall in 2010/11.
Posted by Wayne Weir
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