11:38AM, Friday 27 February 2015
A demolition firm based in Windsor has been left more than £2,000 out of pocket after it was caught on camera risking workers’ lives.
AG Edwards & Son Demolition Ltd found itself in court after a member of the public contacted the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) with photographs showing workers removing tiles from the roof of a disused pub in the town. There were no safety precautions in place to prevent them falling up to six metres to the ground below.
An HSE inspector visited the site the same day, January 7 last year, and, after viewing the danger first hand, served an immediate enforcement notice on the firm prohibiting any further work until adequate safety measures were put in place.
AG Edwards & Son, of Oxford Road, admitted a breach of the Work at Height Regulations.
Reading Magistrates’ Court heard on Thursday, February 19 that the firm had clearly put the two men in danger by failing to plan the removal of the tiles to recognised standards.
It also failed to manage or monitor the roof work, leading to the workers being exposed to a totally unnecessary risk of falling.
The firm was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £1,053 in costs.
Following the hearing, HSE inspector Dominic Goacher said: “Anyone falling from the roof of that disused pub would likely be killed and that type of disregard for safety is totally unacceptable.
"The company failed to follow basic safety precautions. Had the work been planned correctly, suitable protection such as a scaffold, a fully-guarded platform and edge protection would have been in place.”
More than 50 street parties are set to take place this weekend across the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and the surrounding areas.
An independent report into a Conservative councillor has found a breach of the Royal Borough’s code of conduct in a document seen by the Advertiser.