Roofing Work News Roundup – February, 2018
Here at D-marc we’re in the business of making work at height, namely roofing work, safer with our innovative rooftop barrier solutions. As such, we keep a close eye on the news for stories about roof work and working at height in general so that we can provide our readers with useful and relevant information that will keep them up to date with what’s going on in our industry. Once a month, we’ll publish a roundup of the news that affects our sector in one easy place so that readers can get a quick overview of the most important happenings over the past month. If you have anything to add or know of any stories that you’d like us to cover, please don’t hesitate to let us know, either by email, on our Facebook Page or on our Twitter feed.
Our first item concerns the shark house in Headington where the roof around the shark has begun to leak, leading to a roofing company being called in to fix the problem. The 25ft shark sculpture became famous after being installed by Oxford Mail columnist Bill Heine without planning permission back in 1986. A lengthy battle ensued with Oxford City Council and there is currently a campaign to make the house a protected listed building.
A family-run roofing business in Middlesbrough offers free roof repairs for OAPs and has been doing so for three years now. Managing Director of T. Davies and Son Roofing says the free service is for small repairs and reflects the family values ethos of the company.
Police have been warning youngsters about the dangers of climbing onto roofs after four teenagers climbed onto the flat roof of Honiton Library in Devon to jump off. Older flat roofs in particular present a very real danger as the roofing fabric deteriorates over time.
A Sheffield lady took to her neighbour’s flat roof to protest after a standoff with council contractors. The private home owner lives between two council-owned properties on which council workers have been carrying out renovation work and she claims that the contractors caused damage to her attic during the work. She staged the sit down on the roof to prevent council workers from carrying out more work until they rectify the damage done to her property.
A building company director was handed a suspended jail sentence for flouting health and safety regulations. Westminster Magistrates; Court heard that two men were removing panels on a fragile roof when one fell through to the floor 5 metres below. An investigation carried out by HSE discovered that their employer had failed to plan the work or carry out the work safely and the director who was personally in charge of the work had consented to unsafe working practices. The company was fined £9,334 and ordered to pay costs of £6,398 and the director sentenced to an eight week custodial sentence suspended for 12 months, with the director also being ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work.