Work at height failures lead to fine for business

Work at height failures lead to fine for businessCJ Coatings of Bedford has been fined following prosecution from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) after being caught demonstrating unsafe work at height practices.

The firm had been contracted to paint the roof of a building at Hiron Way on the Budbrooke Industrial Estate in Warwick in September 2011.

However, staff were witnessed on several occasions carrying out work beneath guard rails and next to potential drops of up to six metres, all without proper safety measures in place.

HSE inspector Paul Thompson said:"CJ Coatings failed to properly plan and supervise the work, allowing a whole catalogue of errors to occur, and in doing so put lives at risk."

As a result, the business was fined GBP 4,000 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of GBP 3,500.

Earlier this month, Hampshire-based solar panel installation company Gendex was also fined GBP 13,000 following an incident in which a member of staff fell three metres after falling through an unguarded rooflight.

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