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Roofing company fined £7,000 over safety

A roofing contractor has been ordered to pay more than £7,000 after breaching guidelines put in place to prevent injuries while working at height.

CFR Flat Roofing, which is based in Llandow, near Cowbridge, in the Vale of Glamorgan, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined £5,985 and ordered to pay costs of £1,800.

Cardiff Magistrates’ Court heard three workers were spotted by Health and Safety Executive inspectors replacing tiles on a sloping roof near an unprotected gable end of a three-storey building, at Thornhill Court, in Cardiff, on August 5, 2010.

The employees were working between eight and 10m above the ground and the HSE inspector ordered work to stop immediately until safety barriers were put in place on the roof.

The HSE told the court that the company had previously received a prohibition notice for breaching the Work at Height regulations in January 2010, and had been made aware of their duties under regulations.

However, on the return visit, the HSE found the firm had again failed to ensure work at height was carried out safely with suitable equipment, and no precautions were in place to prevent any of their three employees from falling off the roof.

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