Two companies fined over £60,000 after a worker fell from a roof. Scaffolding company, Oswestry Shropshire Scaffold Ltd, and contractor, Centreco (UK) Ltd, were sentenced on 6 June 2018 at Leeds Magistrates’ Court to fines totalling £62,300 for breaching health and safety legislation.
The investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found that the scaffolding company had not erected the scaffold to a known industry standard and the contractor had failed to take effective measures to prevent workers falling through fragile surfaces on the roof. As a result of these failures in December 2015 Jhanade Ryan, a sub-contractor working for Centreco (UK) Ltd, who was installing solar panels on the roof of a property, slipped and fell sustaining life-changing injuries.
Far too often the failure to implement and follow basic health and safety requirements is resulting in catastrophic injuries. For businesses this can have grave consequences, including massive fines, irreparable damage to business reputation and even imprisonment of responsible individuals 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.