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Lancashire roofer caught on camera risking lives

A Lancashire roofer has been prosecuted after he and two employees were spotted on a shop roof without any protection to stop them falling.

Ross Singleton, who trades as Ross's Roofing, was photographed by an inspector from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as he and the two other workers carried out repairs to the roof of a hairdressers' on Skipton Road in Colne.

Burnley Magistrates' Court heard the inspector immediately issued a Prohibition Notice ordering the men to come down from the roof but, despite initially stopping work, they later returned to the roof without any safety measures in place.

The court was told Mr Singleton had also put members of the public at risk as he was working above a busy row of shops, and any falling debris could have struck someone.

Singleton pleaded guilty to breaches of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 after he failed to take action to prevent workers being injured in a fall, and ignored a Prohibition Notice.

Singleton, of Dickson Street in Colne, was fined £350 and ordered to pay £300 in prosecution costs on 12 January 2012.


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