A roofing company who failed to provide safe work equipment has been fined after a health and safety investigation by the HSE (Health & Safety Executive).

The investigation came about after a man tragically fell from a ladder that was not appropriate for the work he was carrying out. Thomas Rowe, 56, died of a serious head injury when he fell nearly 5 metres from a ladder. It was found that the ladder he was using was poorly maintained and was inadequate for the job he was performing. The HSE Investigator commented “Even short duration tasks need planning and foresight, and it is evident that had more appropriate equipment been provided then Mr Rowe’s tragic death could have been avoided”.  Due to this, the company who provided the ladder for Mr Rowe to use were fined for two breaches of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

This case shows the vital need for the correct work equipment to be used in all situations, and that the equipment to be in good repair and fit for the job in purpose.

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Published: 4th December 2013