AES Roofing Contractors in Worcester fined £30K after worker falls from garage roof

A Worcestershire construction company has been fined £30,000 for failing to comply with working at height regulations after an employee fell from a garage roof.

AES Roofing Contractors Ltd, based at Ankerdine Road, Worcester, was fined £30,000 and ordered to pay costs of £510.30 after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

The worker suffered a broken hip, fractures to his foot and knee as a result of the fall on February 4 last year.

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The worker was working on his knees on a garage roof in Worcester, with his side to the open rim while applying a rubber rim, when he fell to the floor. Kidderminster Magistrates’ Court heard there was no edge protection when he fell from the roof.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found that the work was not well planned and although the company had edge protection and suitable equipment to provide access to the roof, it was not used to carry out work on the garage.

HSE found that there was no appropriate audit system to verify the equipment used at AES Roofing Contractors, which was founded in 1971 and operates in Bromsgrove, Kidderminster and Redditch and calls itself “one of the leading roofers in the Midlands”.

HSE Inspector Aaron Fisher said: “Falls from heights remain one of the most common causes of work-related deaths in this country and the risks associated with working at heights are well known.

“Companies should be aware that unsafe working at heights without suitable and sufficient controls is not acceptable. HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those who fall below the required standards.”

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