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Blackburn firm fined over unsafe work on school roof

29-10-2012

Workers on the roof a primary school in Clayton le WoodsA Blackburn firm has been fined for allowing work to be carried out on a primary school roof without safety measures in place.

An inspector from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) was passing Clayton le Woods Primary School, near Chorley, on 31 January this year when he spotted four men working on the roof.

No scaffolding or other safety equipment had been installed, which would have prevented them from being injured in a fall. This was despite one of the men working at the edge of the roof next to a 15 foot drop.

The inspector immediately served a Prohibition Notice ordering the men to come down from the roof until safety measures were put in place. On 26 October, HSE prosecuted Hall Isherwood Ltd., the company responsible for overseeing the work, for two breaches of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

South Ribble Magistrates' Court in Leyland heard that the company had been hired to carry out work at the school on Back Lane in Clayton le Woods, which included painting work and replacing slates on one side of a sloping roof.

The only access to the roof was by using a ladder, which had not been secured to stop it slipping. Once the workers were on the roof, there were no guard rails or scaffolding in place to stop them from falling.

Hall Isherwood Ltd., of Wensley Road in Blackburn, was fined £750 and ordered to pay £1,581 in prosecution costs after admitting both safety offences.

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