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Worker’s lives put in danger after unsafe work practises

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Rainsafe Project Ltd – a roofing company, with dealings in Wirral and the Merseyside area - have been fined during a court hearing, after allowing two employees to work on an unsafe rooftop with no safety guides in place to protect them from falling.

On March the 26th, 2010, two of the company’s employees were seen by a routine inspection from a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to be pressure washing a sloped rooftop without safety measures on Spital Road, Bebington. This discovery was made more alarming, due to inspections the previous month by HSE, which gave advice on safe working practice for rooftop work. The firm had received working rooftop safety advice on four different occasions.

HSE inspector Sandra Tomlinson stated that it was very disappointing to give advice so recently to the company, only to have it ignored by not using scaffolding and safety barriers to ensure the safety of workers. Slipping and falling could have easily happened, causing injury or death. She added that falls in the UK are one of the leading causes of workplace injuries and death, and legal action will be pursued to the end against companies like Rainsafe Project Ltd, who fail to provide adequate protection.

The court hearing at Wirral Magistrates’ Court showed that no safety barriers were in place around the edges of the rooftop, in the interests of safety. The court also heard that the company had ignored direct advice given a month beforehand at a HSE safety awareness event.

The company were found guilty to the violation of the Work at Height Regulations Act 2005 due to improper planning and safety measures. On August 16 2011, the company, which is based on Stanley Street, Liverpool, were fined £2,000 and an additional £2,069 in legal fees.