Health and Safety Update
November 25th, 2016
How we are trying to protect you and ourselves from fines and prosecution.
Over the last year we have been working hard to comply with the changes in health and safety regulations relating to maintenance and repair works (Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015). Our commitment to safe working practices is to protect the interest of all parties involved – some clients have asked why not all managing agents are following the same rules, a few continue to instruct contractors themselves without our knowledge and some contractors feel we are being inflexible. With a team of safety inspectors roaming the area, all agents and contractors should be following the same rules. The following incident report demonstrates what can happen……
This is a case that came to light in the courts just a few days ago. It involves an management company, a self-employed gardener doing roofing work and an elderly gentleman who sadly lost his life as a result of a fall from height through a sky-light. It is a good example of what can go wrong.
Roman Lodge Asset Management Limited in Congleton, failed to have adequate systems in place to ensure a competent roofer was appointed. Both the company and the property manager failed to adequately plan and supervise the work, due to their own lack of understanding of standards and the law relating to maintenance/repair works.
Roman Lodge Asset Management Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations and were fined £20,000 with £8,010.00 costs. Its director, pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act and was sentenced to four months imprisonment on each count (suspended for 12 months) and was ordered to pay £8,010.00 costs. The gardener who was instructed to do the roof repair, pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act and was sentenced to six months imprisonment (suspended for 12 months) and was ordered to pay £8,610.47 costs.
The simple and reasonable procedures that we have put in place are designed to avoid this type of incident. Rebbeck Brothers have also retained the services of a health and safety consultant who is working with us to ensure safe working practices and on larger projects to undertake site inspections. We are working in your best interest to protect your home and investment.