A meat production firm has been fined £10,000 after staff carried out work on roofs without safety measures.
Quality Food Products (Aberdeen) Ltd, which produces bacon, was handed the fine after admitting breaching regulations over working at height.
Aberdeen Sheriff Court, heard staff were seen working on three roofs at the company premises at Craigshaw Drive, West Tullos Industrial Estate, Aberdeen.
According to an document agreed between the Crown and the firm, on October 15 2016 the company director and a factory worker accessed a 5.1m roof by “standing on a wooden pallet which was on the prongs of a forklift truck” which was then raised up.
As they removed roof panels they “continued to work in close proximity to the now open areas”. A witness was concerned the men were working “unsafely”.
The next day the director was seen accessing a 4.9m-high roof by the same means and “worked in close proximity to the exposed edge in wet conditions”.
On November 17 2016 the same men were seen working on a roof around 8.8m high collecting rubbish “in close proximity” to the edge.
Another witness was concerned as he “saw no measures to prevent them falling”.
The incidents were reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and an investigation found the firm had “exposed its employees to risk”.
Since the incidents the firm, which has a “good health and safety record” has stopped allowing employees to work on roofs.
The company pleaded guilty to breaching the work at height regulations of the health and safety at work act.
Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Connor Gibson said: “Falls from height remain one of the most common causes of work related fatalities in this country and the risks associated with working at height are well known.
“Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the standards required.”