Three building contractors from London have been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after a roofer suffered life threatening injuries in a fall from height accident.
Forty six year old Jeremy Bishop, from Romford in Greater London, was working on the roof of a domestic property in Loughton, Essex, when he fell from scaffolding and plummeted almost fifteen feet to the ground below.
Mr. Bishop had to be airlifted to the Royal London Hospital after suffering serious injuries to his head, chest and spine. His injuries were so severe that he had to spend three weeks on the hospitals intensive care ward and spent a further eight months of rehabilitation at a specialised spine injury unit.
An investigation by the HSE revealed that several safety rails were missing on the rear of the scaffolding Mr. Bishop was using and there was nothing in place to prevent falls from the gable ends of the property.
Harlow Magistrates’ Court was told that V.Page Building Services Ltd of Epping had been contracted to build an extension at the property and the roofing had been sub-contracted to Quality Roofs Ltd of Chingford, with the scaffolding being supplied by Access Specialists of Romford.
The three companies were fined a combined total of £33,000 after pleading guilty to breaches of the Work at Height Regulations.