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HSE prosecutes ‘dangerous’ Merseyside roofer

Posted: December 26th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A roofer from Merseyside who was photographed working dangerously and putting other workers’ lives at risk has been fined by courts following a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation.

Phillip McGinn was photographed along with two other workers carrying out retiling work on a property in Maghull. Unfortunately though, the photographs revealed that there were no safety measures in place to stop all three workers falling to the ground and injuring themselves.

After receiving a complaint from a member of the public, the HSE sent an inspector to the site. A Prohibition Notice was issued, ordering the men to come down and stop working immediately.

At South Sefton Magistrates’ Court in Bootle, Phillip McGinn, trading as Stormguard Roofing, was charged with breaching the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

There are health and safety training courses available for businesses and employees on working at height, along with government guidance on how to prevent workers from being injured in a fall. For neglecting training and ignoring the regulations, Mr McGinn was ordered to pay more than £5,000 in fines and court costs.

Commenting on the case, HSE inspector Jackie Western said:

“Mr McGinn put his own life and the lives of two other men at risk by allowing the work to go ahead without suitable safety measures in place.”

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