The failures of C Smith Roofing were discovered by health & safety staff who could see unsafe scaffolding from their window.
Mr Smith was given an eight-month prison sentence suspended for two years and ordered to complete 200 hours of community service. Leeds Crown Court heard that Mr Smith was contracted to carry out some roof repairs to a Guest House roof in Northallerton. Scaffolding was erected along the full length of the roof at the front of the property.
However, due to the presence of a conservatory structure at the rear, the company only erected a partial scaffold at the rear. It did not take the conservatory into account which left approximately two thirds of the rear roof edge unprotected. Nearby Health & Safety risk managers at North Yorkshire County Council could see the project from their office window and had concerns about the safety of two workers on a roof where there were inadequate fall protection measures in place such as scaffolding.
Two operatives working under the control of Mr Smith were at risk of falling approximately seven metres from the unprotected edge of the roof at the rear of the property.
Chris Smith of Clarkson Court, Malpas Road, Northallerton, North Yorkshire pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6 (3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. As well as his suspended prison sentence and unpaid work requirement, he was also ordered to pay £5800 costs.
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