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Unsafe roof work leads to fine for builders


A West Midlands building firm has been fined after twice being spotted carrying out unsafe roof work just days apart.

An employee of Chohan Builders (West Midlands) Ltd was seen working on the roof of a house in Quinton on 13 June this year, having used a poorly-built tower scaffold to access the roof.

A Prohibition Notice was served by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as the access to the scaffolding was unsafe and there was no bracing. The notice immediately stopped work on the site until the scaffolding was improved and edge protection or another suitable platform was used.

However, Birmingham Magistrates’ Court heard today (12 Dec) that just five days later, on 18 June, a worker was spotted on a sloping garage roof with again no control measures in place to prevent the worker from falling. A second Prohibition Notice was served on the firm.

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