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Company fined £10,000 after being photographed putting the lives of workers 'at risk' in Windsor

Company fined £10,000 after being photographed putting the lives of workers 'at risk' in Windsor

Philip Dewey

Reading Magistrates' Court

A construction company has been fined £10,000 after workers were photographed at a job in Windsor not using safety measures.

Able Building & Roofing Services Ltd appeared at Reading Magistrates' Court on Monday, December 1, where they were prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The prosecution came about from photographs taken by a resident concerned for the safety of the three workers on a roof and ladder platform at a two-storey property in Windsor between October 16 and 18, 2013.

The photographs showed workers using an unguarded ladder platform that had not been erected properly, and also working on top of the main roof without any means of preventing falls of up to six metres.

After the hearing, HSE Inspector Dominic Goacher said:

"The company put the lives of three of their workers at risk by carrying out the roofing job in a totally unsafe manner.

"Anyone falling from the roof of a two-storey house would likely be killed and that type of disregard for safety is totally unacceptable."

Able Building and Roofing Services Ltd, of Finchampstead, was fined a total of £10,000 and ordered to pay £986 in costs after pleading guilty to two breaches of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. 

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