A Manchester-based roofer, Michael Anthony Roden of Ribble Walk, Droylsden, Manchester, was sentenced on 28 June 2018 at Greater Manchester Magistrates’ Court to six months’ imprisonment suspended for two years, 240 hours community service and ordered to pay costs of £4,600.
The Court heard that Mr Roden, while undertaking roof replacement work at Wheildons Butchers, Manchester, failed to implement any form of edge protection or scaffolding and thus put himself and his employee at risk of a fall from height, as well as members of the public who were at risk from falling materials. Mr Roden also failed to have in place compulsory employers’ liability insurance.
This case highlights the importance of appreciating and complying with your responsibilities under the health and safety legislation.
Even if no one gets hurt, non-compliance with health and safety laws can lead to significant fines, irreparable damage to your business reputation and even imprisonment in serious cases.
Health and Safety: the basics
Health and safety laws apply to all businesses. As an employer, or a self-employed person, you are responsible for health and safety of persons involved in, or affected by, your business. This includes your employees, sub-contractors and members of the public.
The approach you take should be proportionate to the size of your business and the nature of your business activity.
Managing health and safety does not have to be complicated, costly or time-consuming. If you have taken reasonable steps to prevent accidents or harm to your employees and any relevant third parties, you should not be liable to enforcement action by the regulator or have to pay compensation in a civil claim.
Experts in health and safety law
At Deo Volente Solicitors we have specialist knowledge in health and safety legislation.
If you have been invited to attend a formal interview or have received a court summons in relation to health and safety offences, it is very important to seek legal advice at the earliest opportunity. In our experience, early legal advice and intervention can help avoid prosecution altogether.
Our friendly and highly professional team will carry out a thorough analysis of your case, collate the best evidence possible in support of your defence and identify and exploit various avenues of defending your case and not just the most obvious.
To discuss your case with a specialist Regulatory Solicitor call Nastassia Khilkevich on 01234 673 400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a free initial consultation about your case.