Roofer Fall Lands Company in Court

FOLLOWING a two metre fall while working on a roof, a repair and maintenance company has been fined.

On 7 September 2016, a roofer was working with a colleague to repair a leaking roof in Felixstowe, Suffolk.

No edge protection
There was no edge protection around the roof and access was via an unsecured ladder. As the roofer accessed the ladder it slipped causing him to fall from a height of approximately two metres. The worker sustained contusions and bruising to his head, along with hearing damage.

An investigation found that the assessment of the work prior to the arrival of the roofers on site was inadequate. There was neither a system for checking the correct equipment for work at height was being used, nor for supervision of the work on site.

Norwich-based RFT Repairs Limited pleaded guilty to breaching the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined £150,000, with costs of £5,391.76.

No excuse
HSE inspector Prentiss Clarke-Jones said:
“Roof work requires a high level of planning, and supervision that should be in place to ensure it is carried out safely.

“This incident so easily could have been fatal; work at height is a well-documented, well-regulated risk and there is no excuse for getting it wrong”.



  1. Unfortunately, clients still go for the cheapest quote especially when it comes to maintenance. This creates a “let’s get it done quickly attitude”. A VAT reduction to, say 8% for repairs and maintenance work, would stop people trying to get cheap prices from cheap companies.


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