Landlord fined for fall from roof after health and safety breach

20 March 2017

It wasn’t cheers all round for a pub landlord after he was ordered to pay over £2,000 in fines and costs for breaching health and safety law when  an employee working on the pub roof fell and broke his foot.

Richard Clarke, 59, who lives at The Green Man Pub in Six Mile Bottom, admitted at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court that he should have explained the job in detail to his member of staff and that he should have supervised the work on the first floor corrugated roof more.

Mr Clarke’s employee had been on the roof to correct a gap between it and a marquee to be used for an event.

The accident in October 2015 was reported to the Health and Safety Executive under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) and then passed to South Cambridgeshire District Council for investigation.

The Council took action under part 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

The Magistrate gave the defendant credit for their early guilty plea and for cooperating throughout the investigation. Mr Clarke was fined £750 for the health and safety breach and ordered to pay £1,500 Council costs.

Mike Hill, Director of Health and Environmental Services at South Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “It is really important that businesses in the area have robust processes in place to make sure that accidents at work are avoided. Employees deserve nothing less. It is unusual for us to need to take action against businesses, but in this case it was the right thing to do as the consequences could have been even more severe than a broken foot.

“If you are a business in the area and unaware of your responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work legislation please get in touch. Our team can support you and make sure you know where to find out more.”