Redditch Magistrates’ Court heard how Woodhull Roofing Limited were refurbishing the roof at Pitcheroak Primary School, Willow Way, Redditch when a worker tripped and fell against a guardrail which did not prevent him falling from the roof. As a result the worker fell three meters sustaining injuries including bruised and broken ribs.
The following day an Inspection of the roof work was carried out by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and a Prohibition Notice was served because the work at height arrangements were inadequate.
An investigation by the HSE into the incident, which occurred on 6th October 2014, found that the site was not properly managed and the work was not properly planned. Following the incident effective action had not been taken by the company to ensure the safety of employees working on the roof.
Woodhull Roofing Limited was fined a total of £16,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,083 after pleading guilty to an offence under Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005