A roofing firm from Purley in Surrey has been fined more than Â£6,000 for breaching health and safety regulations at a site in Croydon.
In April 2009, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspected a detached house in Croydon that was being worked on by Brunwin Professional Roofing Services Ltd.
Even though the company had been trading for 23 years, it appears that its health and safety training was not up to scratch. Inspectors found a number of worrying problems and hazards, including poorly positioned scaffolding that workers could have fallen through.
It was also revealed that the companyâ€™s employees had been removing asbestos-containing materials (ACM) without notifying the HSE or possessing the legally required asbestos removal licence.
Brunwin Professional Roofing Services Ltd was prosecuted at the City of London Magistrates Court and was fined Â£6,000 after admitting breaching health and safety rules. The firm was also ordered to pay Â£2,406 in legal costs.
Commenting on the case, HSE inspector Bose Ogunsekan said:
â€œFalls from height are the biggest cause of fatal injury in the construction industry and recent years have seen sharp increases in cases of ill health linked to asbestos in trades such as roofing.
â€œBrunwin Professional Roofing Services failed to carry out work in a safe way.â€