Builder fined over roof safety

Unsafe: Two workers were photographed on a house roof without safety measures in place
Unsafe: Two workers were photographed on a house roof without safety measures in place

A builder has been fined after two of his workers were photographed on a house roof without safety measures in place.

Mohammed Yasin, who trades as Southfield Property Maintenance, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive following the incident at a semi-detached house in Matlock Grove, Burnley, in April, 2014.

Pennine Magistrates’ Court heard a passing HSE inspector spotted the men installing a dormer window for a loft conversion at the property.

Yasin was inside the house and his two workers were close to the chimney on the outside, without any scaffolding or other safety measures to prevent them from being injured in a fall.

Yasin (39), of Larch Street, Nelson, was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £400 in prosecution costs after pleading guilty to a breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Jacqueline Western, said: “It’s astonishing that Mr Yasin was prepared to carry out a construction project that involved major roof work without putting safety measures in place to protect the people he employed.

“While he worked safely inside the house, the lives of two men were being put at risk as they clambered about on the roof.

“The work simply shouldn’t have been allowed to go ahead without the use of scaffolding or other safety equipment.”