Cornish roofer fined for health and safety training failures

The owner of a roofing firm in Redruth, Cornwall, has been fined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after he failed to undergo the correct health and safety training.

Nathan Michell, the owner of All Roofs, was ordered to improve safety measures within his company after an inspector from the HSE visited a housing development site in Pool.

An Improvement Notice was served to Mr Michell, after the inspector identified a number of serious safety issues at the site. These included incomplete scaffolding, a broken and unsuitable loft ladder being used and other working at height issues.

At the time of the HSE visit, it was reportedly arranged that Mr Michell would undergo a construction safety course. Courses were arranged for the roofing firm owner on two occasions, according to the HSE, but he failed to attend.

At Camborne Magistrates court, Mr Michell pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety regulations and was fined £1,200 plus £800 in court costs. HSE inspector Barry Trudgian commented:

“Organising safe work at height is one of the key responsibilities of those in control of construction work.
In order to do this it’s essential they [business owners] remain up to speed with best practice in construction and relevant health and safety law.”