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Roofer fined after photo shows unsafe work

09-12-2013

Photo shows unprotected work at height

 

A roofer has been fined for putting workers in danger after they were photographed on top of a North West London home without any protection against falling.

At least two men working for Amarjeet Singh, 35, from Southall, were spotted by a passing council official as they worked on the property in Lucas Avenue, Harrow, on 26 October 2012. There was no sign of any measures in place to prevent the workers, materials or equipment from falling from height.

Photographic evidence was supplied to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which investigated and prosecuted the roofer for disregarding the safety of himself and others.

On 4 December, Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard he was undertaking the work through his company V S Multani Roofing Contractor, a company that had previously received enforcement action for breaches of safety law covering work at height.

The photos showed that despite HSE’s safety warning Mr Singh had ignored legal requirements, because no safety provisions were in place to prevent or mitigate a fall.

Amarjeet Singh, of Kings Arbour, Southall, was fined a total of £2,000 and ordered to pay £688 in costs after pleading guilty to two separate breaches of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

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