Roofing firm fined after workers are exposed to lead

A Gloucestershire roofing company pleaded guilty to health and safety failings after workers were put at risk of significant levels of exposure to lead.

On Wednesday 4 November 2015, Worcester Magistrates’ Court was told that during a routine HSE inspection, the company was observed carrying out replacement lead work on a roof in Worcester.

The company was found to have not assessed the risks of exposure to working with lead or implemented suitable controls to prevent that exposure.

There were no known medical affects found in the two workers although significant levels of lead were found in their blood.

McDonnell-Price (Roofing) Contractors Limited, Stroud Business Centre pleaded guilty to Control of Lead at Work 6(1) and was fined £3,000 and ordered to pay £893.95 in costs.

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