HSE prosecuted after member of public provided site photograph

A specialist roofing company and its two directors have been sentenced after admitting working unsafely at height on a hotel development in central Manchester during major refurbishment and extension works in March 2015.

The prosecution was initiated after a member of public witnessed and photographed the unsafe work and contacted HSE.

Running risks to submit invoice early

HSE investigators found that a full-time scaffolder was on site and employed to erect any scaffolding required by contractors. However, the directors chose to “rush the job in order to submit their invoice earlier”.

  • Company – from Chorley breached Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, was fined £13,300 with £1160.50 costs.
  • Directors – the two directors breached Section 37(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and were fined £1100 and £2100 respectively.

HSE Inspector Matt Greenly said after the case:

“The directors recognised that their choices on that day placed themselves at a serious risk of death or life changing injury. They only realised afterwards that running those risks in order to submit an invoice early was a very unnecessary, considering how serious the consequences could have been. It is pure luck that no-one was injured or killed. I would like to thank the people who reported these concerns to us as they have been instrumental in saving the lives of these men.”