Passer-by raises fall from height risks

Passer-by raises fall from height risks

A solar panel installation company along with its sole director has been fined after a passer-by reported unsafe working to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).

On visiting the site, a HSE inspector saw two workers on a roof without fall protection. A prohibition notice was served.

But further unsafe roof work was identified when the inspector returned to the commercial building three days later.

An investigation by the HSE found the director had allowed the unsafe work to continue despite:

  • a member of the public bringing it to his attention
  • being given the prohibition notice

Sasie Limited pleaded guilty to breaking the:

  • Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974
  • Work at Height Regulations 2005

It was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay costs of £6,300.

Director Mr Een Marsden Kelly admitted two counts of breaking the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

He was fined £500.

Suitable controls needed

Falls from heights are one of the biggest causes of workplace fatalities and major injuries.

Employers must manage and control fall from height risks. All work at height must be properly planned irrespective of the task being carried out.

The HSE stress the duty to make sure suitable controls are in place extends throughout the length of the project.

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