A roofing company has been prosecuted after an employee fell six metres from the roof of a house he was re-tiling.
Twenty six year old Lee Hanson, from South Shields, was employed by Newlook Roof Coatings, of Monmouth and was replacing tiles on the roof of a domestic property in Cirencester, when the accident happened.
Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court, was told that Mr. Hanson was working from a roof ladder when he lost his footing and plummeted a distance of almost six metres to the ground below.
The roof worker suffered cuts, bruises and a broken wrist in the fall but his injuries could have been a lot more severe had his fall not been broken by a bush.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the incident and discovered that Newlook Roof Coatings had not provided adequate equipment or the protection necessary, to safeguard employees working at height.
Newlook Roof Coatings Ltd of Wonastow Road, in Monmouth, was fined £10,000 after pleading guilty to a breach of the Work at Height Regulations.
Speaking after the court hearing a HSE inspector stated that the worker was extremely lucky to have had his fall broken by a bush, as fall from height accidents often lead to serious personal injury or even death.