PRISON SENTENCE FOR ROOFING CONTRACTOR
A roofing contract supervisor in the UK has been sentenced to 8 months jail for allowing two workers on the roof without fall protection.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors saw the workers on the roof of a building being renovated with no handrails or harnesses from their office and were
worried the workers could fall seven metres.
The supervisor, Chris Smith, pleaded guilty to breaching the work at height regulations.
The court sentenced Mr Smith to an eight-month prison sentence, which was suspended for two years. He was also ordered to serve 200 hours community service and pay court costs of about $11,000.
In another recent fall case, a UK company was prosecuted in September and fined about $5m, after an air-conditioning contractor fell through a fragile ceiling panel while inspecting a fan and condenser unit in the ceiling space.
The air-conditioning unit was mounted on a solid platform, but had non-trafficable tiles beside it and no handrails or warning signage not to stand on the fragile ceiling tiles.
The contractor fell and died after stepping onto a ceiling tile beside the equipment he was working on.