Roofer fell from ladder carrying bucket of tiles

A roofing company has been convicted of safety breaches after a worker sustained serious back injuries when he fell from a ladder while holding a bucket of broken tiles.

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On 2 October 2018, AU Roofing and Building workers were working on a roof in Ramsgate, Kent where they were required to carry buckets of materials by hand down the scaffold access ladder.

Davey Battams, 31, was unable to maintain a constant three points of contact with the ladder, resulting in the fall.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigators found the contractor had not provided basic lifting aids, such as a wheel and pulley, which would have eliminated this risk.

AU Roofing and Building Services admitted breaching s 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act, and was fined £28,800 plus costs of £4,213.

“This incident could have been so easily avoided by simply providing basic and inexpensive lifting aids, which are industry standard,” said HSE inspector Andrew Cousins, speaking after the hearing.

“Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those who fall below the required standards.”

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