Incomplete edge protection caused 8m fall from roof

A contractor has been prosecuted after an employee suffered a fractured skull when he fell 8m from a roof edge during roof felt laying operations in March 2017.

Reading Magistrates heard how the HSE investigation found that the work on the roof was not appropriately planned, supervised or carried out in a safe manner.

‘Assumed’ provision by others

The work to replace the roof coverings to mid-terraced three-storey town-houses was undertaken with edge protection only in place at the front of the properties with no edge protection provided at the rear of the properties.

The roofing contractor pleaded guilty to breaching the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined £1,200 and ordered to pay costs of £923.75.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Stephen Manley said:

“The roofing contractor assumed the edge protection would be provided by others, and a lack of communication over what was needed and basic checks meant that work continued with no protection at all at one end of the roof.”