Roofing company fined £3,000 for admitting breach of regulations

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A ROOFING company has been fined £3,000 for its part in a fall at a retail park.

Taylor Pearson Construction, of Woodhall Spa, was the principal contractor building a new retail unit at The Carlton Centre in Lincoln.

The company sub-contracted roof cladding work to Roofwise (Bourne) of North Street, Bourne, which in turn engaged a sub-contract labour team.

On May 24, a 53-year-old self employed roofer from Sheffield was part of a cladding team installing gutter sections of the roof, when he fell, striking the handrail of a scissor lift before hitting the ground more than eight metres below.

He suffered a fractured pelvis, shattered heel and broken thumb. He spent several weeks in hospital and had to have several metal plates inserted to his fractures.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found that roof edge protection and safety netting had been installed to the majority of the roof, but an indented corner had been left unprotected. It was in this area that the fall occurred.

At a hearing at Lincoln Magistrates Court on Tuesday, Roofwise (Bourne) pleaded guilty to breaching a work at height regulation and was fined £3,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,710

Taylor Pearson Construction also pleading guilty to breaching a regulation was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,710.