Blackpool workers spotted dangerously close to roof edge sparking £18,000 fine

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Ron Richardson Construction, of Amy Johnson Way, has bee fined and ordered to pay costs

The workers were spotted five floors up on the roof edge
The workers were spotted five floors up on the roof edge

Ron Richardson Construction, of Amy Johnson Way, has bee fined and ordered to pay costs

A construction company has been fined after workers were spotted standing precariously on a roof’s edge on the top floor of a block of Blackpool flats.

Ron Richardson Construction appeared at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court after two employees were seen waterproofing a flat in Harrow Place.

The workers, who were on the fifth floor of the building, were witnessed moving close to an unprotected edge without anything to stop them from falling.

They were not being monitored and had accesses the roof to do work they were unable to do from below with the equipment provided for them.

Enforcement Notices had already been served against the company for work at height failures at the same site.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the company had not followed its own procedures and was not sufficiently supervising the work.

Suitable edge protection to prevent a fall from height was not provided and the workers had not been given sufficient training in working safely on roofs.

Ron Richardson Construction Limited of Seneca House, Links Point, Amy Johnson Way, Blackpool pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4 (1) of The Work at Height Regulations 2005. They were fined £18,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3,342.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Christine McGlynn said: “The dangers here could have been mitigated with adequate planning and supervision of the work undertaken.

“Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fail to heed advice and continue to breach health and safety legislation.”