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Abbey Roofing Specialists fined after employee falls through garage roof

By Ashleigh McDonald

A roofing company has been fined £9,000 for failing to ensure the safety of its employees and for breaching regulations surrounding the removal of asbestos.

Abbey Roofing Specialists, which is based in Newtownabbey, was also ordered to pay £1,500 towards prosecution costs after being brought to court on four separate charges.

The company's offending emerged after an employee fell through the roof of a garage he was working on last June. The incident - which left the member of staff with multiple fractures - also exposed a lack of training and assessment when it came to asbestos.

Abbey Roofing, which was represented in court by its director Trevor Smyth, admitted the four charges brought against it. They were failing to ensure the health and safety of employees, failing to provide an asbestos assessment, failing to provide asbestos training and also failing to prevent exposure to asbestos.

A defence barrister said Abbey accepted the deficiencies, telling the court "there was a lack of experience in dealing with asbestos".

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