Two roofers were caught on CCTV working on top of a Balderton shopping centre without any safety equipment, a court heard.

Newark Magistrates’ Court today fined contractors Graham Nicholson Roofing Ltd after the men were seen risking their lives on the roof of Cooperative Travel at the Lakeside Centre, Balderton, on 16 June 2010.

CCTV operatives reported the workers to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after spotting them undertaking repairs to the roof immediately above the public entrance to the store using no safety equipment, edge protection or harnesses to prevent falls. This unsafe system of work risked injury to the roofers themselves and shoppers at the Lakeside Centre.

Graham Nicholson Roofing Ltd, of Nettleham Road, Lincoln, pleaded guilty to breaching section 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. It was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,500.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Stephen Farthing said:

“Fortunately no one was injured on this occasion, but both employees and members of the public were at risk. This was a blatant disregard for health and safety which put both workers and members of the public in danger.

“Roofing work requires careful planning and assessment of the risks involved. In this case employees were working without the correct equipment to protect them from falls or to protect passers by from falling material.

“Falls from height are the biggest cause of workplace deaths and it’s crucial that employers make sure work is properly planned, appropriately supervised and that sufficient measures are put in place to protect staff and members of the public from the risks.”