UK property company fined for unprotected employee working at dangerous heights
During the demolition of a building, a complaint was lodged with UK Health and Safety Executive inspectors, who visited the site and found a worker stripping slates from a fragile roof without any safety measures in place to prevent a fall, or mitigate any potential life-threatening effects as a result of such a fall.
The property company admitted breaching Work at Height Regulations. It also pleaded guilty to two breaches of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations.
The company also failed to plan the work being undertaken and to provide adequate welfare facilities for workers on the site.
Forty-five percent of deaths on construction sites in Britain in 2014 resulted from falls from height, and nearly 600 workers suffered major injuries as a result of such falls.