A ridge too far: Roofer fined for using ladder on top of van

A ridge too far: Roofer fined for using ladder on top of van
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A roofer who balanced his ladder on a van subsequent to a busy street has been fined £A,000 for breaching security guidelines.

George Nicholls determined to improvise when he realised he couldn’t paint a shopfront from the pavement.

The 25-yr-previous put the absolutely prolonged ladder on prime of his car – which was close to a bus cease – and climbed 8m (26ft) to do the job.

A workmate stood on the underside of the ladder, the courtroom heard. However, a passer-by photographed the scene in Southampton and Nicholls was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive.

‘The photographic proof speaks for itself when it comes to the dangers created,’ stated HSE inspector Frank Flannery.

‘Anyone can see the system of labor is obvious flawed, so why a supposedly competent roofer selected to work on this approach is anybody’s guess.

‘Nicholls blatantly and recklessly risked harming himself and others, and did so on behalf of Maintenance 24-S, who had clear duties of their very own.’

Nicholls, who runs Laser Roofing London and South East Roofing, admitted breaching well being and security legal guidelines.

The roofer, of Newdigate, Surrey, was ordered to pay £666 prices on prime of his superb by Southampton magistrates.

Maintenance 24-S, of King’s Lynn, Norfolk, subcontracted the work to Nicholls in April final yr.

It additionally admitted security breaches and was fined £10,000 with £784 prices 10:28 pm – Source: metro.co.uk
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