A solar panel installation company has been fined £10,000 and ordered to pay costs of £6,300 after a passer-by reported unsafe work.
Sasie Limited were installing solar panels on the roof of a commercial building when a passer-by reported unsafe work to the HSE. The HSE inspector visited the site three days later and there was further unsafe work being undertaken on the roof.
The inspector identified two workers on the roof without any fall protection and then served a prohibition notice. Following on from this the HSE carried out a full investigation. This uncovered that the unsafe work was allowed to continue even though a member of public had brought it to the director’s attention and a prohibition notice had been served.
Sasie Limited of Nottingham pleaded guilty to breaching safety regulations at Reading Crown Court, this resulted in them being fined £10,000 and ordered to pay costs of £6,300. Director Een Marsden Kelly also pleaded guilty and was fined £500.
Following the hearing HSE inspector Dominic Goacher commented, “Falls from heights are one of the biggest causes of workplace fatalities and major injuries.
“All work at height must be properly planned irrespective of the task being undertaken and those in control must ensure suitable control measures to prevent falls are in place throughout the duration of the project”.
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