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Workers in Cannock were at risk of suffering a fall from height

08th February 2013

Employees had been working on the roof of a furniture shop in Cannock, in the West Midlands, when a member of the public became concerned by their work practices.

The individual took a photo of the workers undertaking various tasks and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) was alerted.

An investigation by the HSE found that not only had no risk assessment been undertaken prior to the beginning of the project, but tasks were unsuitably planned, no preventative measures were in place to prevent a fall from height accident, and none of the workers were trained in the type of repairs they were performing.

Thankfully, none of the staff actually suffered a work injury due to their employer’s negligence towards their safety but according to the HSE many were placed at unnecessary risk.

An HSE Inspector involved in the case stated, “I would like to thank the member of the public who brought this to our attention because the situation had the potential to lead to serious or fatal injuries”.

The firm was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay court costs of £3,761.

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