Roofing Work News Roundup – May, 2019
Here at D-marc we’re committed to making sure that work at height, and roofing work in particular, is carried out in a safe manner with our innovative rooftop barrier solutions. 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.
A timely reminder for construction company owners and managers on the importance of enforcing the rules on site after a construction company was fined when one of its workers fell through a fragile roof five metres onto the concrete floor below, breaking his back. The subsequent HSE investigation discovered that the system of work used by the company to control risks was not suitable as it relied on workers wearing harnesses to control the risk of falling, when edge protection or nets would have been more appropriate. It also came to light that despite the fact that harnesses were provided, their use was not being enforced by the employer.
Meanwhile a farmer from Wrexham has been fined almost £30,000 after his friend who was working for him suffered a fatal fall through a cowshed roof. The friend was clearing moss from gutters when he fell from the ladder onto and through the roof. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation discovered that the work at height was not adequately planned and that no suitable equipment was provided in order to carry out the work safely. According to an HSE inspector, if a suitable safe system of work had been in place, this tragic accident could have been avoided.
A lady in Yardley accidentally locked herself out of her home and tried to get in by climbing over a flat roof to a window. Unfortunately, the window was locked and her plan fell through when she discovered that she was unable to get down from the roof. Firefighters were called to the rescue and brought the lady to safety using a ladder.
And finally, in a bid to address the skills shortage in the construction industry here in the UK, traditional thatcher, Richard Haughton who provides thatched roofs in East Anglia, is training his new puppy to work alongside him. Shuck, a Labrador/Akita cross, follows in the footsteps of his predecessor, seven stone Axel, a rescue dog who spent 13 years working at height with his master, although he did have to be carried up and down the ladders to access the work areas.