Domestic Project Principal Contractor Jailed!

Workman Fell from Unprotected Roof Edge on Dormer Extension

On a domestic project the principal contractor who was involved in the construction of a dormer extension has been sentenced for safety breaches after a self-employed worker suffered life threatening injuries in October 2015 involving traumatic brain injury, bruising, and damage to his left arm.

Leeds Crown Court heard how the workman was on the roof at the side of the dormer when he fell approximately 8m on to a paved floor. Adverse weather required work to make the dormer extension water tight and this work was undertaken from an area of the roof unprotected from the risk of falling.

HSE investigators found the scaffolding erected on the site did not extend fully across the intended area of works and did not provide a protective area along the edge under where the operative was working.

Principal Contractor, JD Riley, failed to ensure suitable and sufficient measures were in place to prevent persons falling a distance liable to cause personal injury.

James D Riley (Trading as JD Riley) – of Fox and Hounds House, Tockwith Road, Long Marston, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and has received an eight-month sentence suspended for 2 years along with a compensation order for £5000 and ordered to pay £2000 in costs

After the hearing, HSE inspector Paul Thompson commented, “Work at height, such as roof work, is a high-risk activity that accounts for a high proportion of workplace serious injuries and fatalities each year.

In this case, by putting in place measures to prevent falls from the roof edge by providing a scaffold platform under the area of works, could have removed the danger of falling.”

Elizabeth Sinclair Director of Epica Health & Safety said, “People continue to forget that roof work is high riskThere’s a simple solution to prevent such accidents such as this.  The self employed worker was needlessly harmed at work.  It’s a reminder to those carrying out domestic work that they are not outside of health and safety law also that Construction (Design & Management) Regulations CDM15 now apply”.