Roofing Work News Roundup – November, 2018
Here at D-marc our top priority is to help make work at height, namely roofing work, safer with our innovative rooftop safety solutions. Our teams keep a close eye on the news for stories about roof work and working at height in general so that we can make sure our readers know about what’s going on in our industry. Once a month, well publish a roundup of the news that affects the roofing sector 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 news item concerns a lucky narrow escape when a roof partially collapsed in Barnsley. An investigation carried out by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) resulted in the director of a roofing company being fined at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court. It was revealed that the company (which was a principal contractor on the project) had ignored instructions given in the preconstruction phase that the roof structure of the development needed to be designed by a specialist. Three roofers working on the roof were transferring tiles from ground level with a hoist. When the hoist broken down, two of the roofers descended safely, but the third was still on the ladder when the roof collapsed. It was discovered that if the hoist had not broken, all three would have been on the roof when it collapsed.
Next is another case of a rogue roof worker preying on the elderly – these people are damaging the public perception of our industry and need to be stopped. Luke McDonagh was sentenced at Chester Crown Court to be jailed for 30 months after being convicted of dishonestly after targeting an 87 year old woman’s home, claiming he could fix holes in her roof. The elderly lady handed over £1,400 but the work was never completed.
A clear demonstration of the benefits of the Apprenticeship Scheme comes in the form of a story about Leeds College of Building apprentice, Joseph Turner, who won gold in the Roofing: Slating and Tiling” competition organised by WorldSkills UK. This is the third year running that a student from the Leeds College of Building roofing department has won gold. Student were in competition with peers from across the UK and this win will look great on Joseph’s CV, guaranteeing him a great job in the roofing sector when he finishes college and ventures into the world of construction work.
Our final story has the feel-good factor – a roofing company in Lewes has raised £35,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust by hosting a race day at Brighton Race Course as its annual fundraising event. Teenage Cancer Trust is the UK’s only charity dedicated to improving the life and chances of survival for young people between the ages of 13 and 24 who are diagnosed with cancer.