CCTV operators spot roofers working without safety equipment

Two roofers were caught on CCTV working on top of a shopping centre without any safety equipment, a court heard.

Newark Magistrates’ Court yesterday fined contractors Graham Nicholson Roofing Ltd after the men were seen risking their lives on the roof of Cooperative Travel at the Lakeside Centre, Balderton, near Newark-on-Trent, on 16 June 2010.

CCTV operatives reported the workers to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after spotting them undertaking repairs to the roof immediately above the public entrance to the store using no safety equipment, edge protection or harnesses to prevent falls. This unsafe system of work risked injury to the roofers themselves and shoppers at the Lakeside Centre.

Graham Nicholson Roofing Ltd, of Nettleham Road, Lincoln, pleaded guilty to breaching section 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. It was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,500.

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