Roofer fined after scalding woman and child with hot bitumen
A roofer in High Wycombe has been fined £1,335, ordered to pay £1,100 in costs and £120 victim surcharge after a slip on his ladder caused hot bitumen to fall on a woman and her grandchild.
The incident took place on June 9th after the roofer was contracted to felt a flat roof using the scalding substance.
Having melted the bitumen on the ground before transporting it up the ladder several times, the woman, carrying her grandson, greeted the roofer from the base of the ladder asking if he would like a cup of tea.
The ladder, missing one rubber foot with the other worn down, slid causing the hot bitumen to fall directly onto the woman and her grandson.
The grandmother required skin grafts on both hands and a foot, also burning her face and head.
The child suffered burns to his chest, forehead, face, lips and his right arm – both required extensive hospital treatment.
For a roofing company that takes the proper safety precautions, contact Southern Roofing.
The Fight Against Rogue Roofers
Reputation is everything in the building trade and roofing companies get a bad press with rogue traders giving the trade a bad name. A recent survey by Which magazine has revealed that 46% of homeowners were afraid of being ‘ripped off’ by cowboy tradesmen. So how do you go about employing company that you can trust to do a good job? Recommendation is always the best and most reliable way, and associations like Checkatrade vet their members and ensure the information they supply is correct and can be verified. Customers review their work and their comments are published online for everyone to see.
Southern Roofing, who work throughout London, have been members of Checkatrade since 2010 and have established an enviable reputation. They are also Surrey Trading Standards approved.
Reduce the Risk of Chimney Fires
Hampshire fire and rescue service have recently put together a checklist of tips to help prevent chimney fires in the home. Some of the top tips to take from the list are:
- Sweeping the chimney before use if you do not use it on a regular basis
- Use sparkguards to prevent serious property fire
- Ensure a fireguard is used in front of the fire at all times
- Extinguish the fire before leaving the house or going to bed
- Never use petrol or Paraffin to light your fire
They also recommend cleaning your chimney up to three times a year dependent on the type of fuel used.
If you are worried about a chimney in your home, contact Southern Roofing to speak to the experts in chimney repairs.
Roof Repairs in Reigate
The severe weather and high winds we’ve been experiencing in the UK this winter may have caused damage to your roof, causing a tile to slip or the guttering to leak. Engaging a professional roofing company registered with Trading Standards will ensure your repair is carried out properly and safely.
There are still rogue companies around that will try to deceive and trick you into paying for services they haven’t provided. Always get a proper quote from at least three companies and ask your friends and neighbours for recommendations or look for companies registered with a reputable trade association before engaging anyone. Call Southern Roofing for all types of Roof repairs in Reigate.
Properties built before 1999 may have been constructed with materials containing asbestos, particularly roofing and insulation materials. When repairs or renovations are needed on your roof it is important to select a roofing company that is fully aware of all the dangers and legislation in place to protect their workforce and you.
Absestos is a natural mineral and our ancestors first discovered that if they added it to their pot making clay the pots were resistant to fire and heat. Industrial scale mining began in the late 19th century and early 20th century when manufacturers realised the versatility of asbestos and how it could be incorporated into a wide range of building materials.
Even before large scale mining began people were noticing that asbestos had an adverse effect on people's health but these were ignored for many, many years until finally in 2003 a worldwide ban was introduced.
Asbestos has to be handled correctly to avoid the real threat to health that it poses. As long as it is whole and contained it is safe, but once it is broken, cut or torn the fibres that cause the lung damage are released and these can be breathed in by anyone in the area causing serious and chronic illness. It is a fact that the biggest danger building workers face is from asbestos removal. For advice on all roofing repairs in Redhill call Southern roofing.
Uk tiled roofs
Britain's roofs like the buildings beneath them have evolved over time to what we see today. Slate has been used for centuries as it is widely available, easy to quarry, can be cut and fixed without too much effort, but it is heavy to transport and in areas of the country where it is not found alternatives such as thatch became popular.
Thatch can be grown nearby and is easy to move and handle, and making it a popular choice in areas where there is no slate. The drawback is, of course, it's vulnerability to fire and after the Great Fire of London in 1666 thatch was banned from the city. This led to the popularity of Clay tiles.
The Romans introduced Clay tiles to Britain. However, once they returned to Rome the skills needed to make them was lost. It wasn't until the 12 th century that they were reintroduced. Many areas of Britain have clay occurring close by so the industry was revived and their use grew becoming a popular choice. A Standard size of10 1 / 2 " x 6 1 / 2 " developed, this was easy to make and handle. However it wasn't long before some manufacturers realised they could save money by making smaller tiles and sell them for the same price. Edward IV passed a law in 1477 to prevent this and thereby created an industry standard.
By the 16th century the Dutch had improved the standard clay tile and designed an 's' shaped tile. By overlapping the tiles vertically and horizontally created a better seal to keep out the weather and required less tiles to cover the same area, by up to 75%. In the 18 th Century they were being manufactured in London and other parts of Britain but the expertise needed to manufacture tiles of a consistent thickness and quality had not yet evolved, so the tiles were mainly used for inferior quality buildings such as farm buildings. These pantiles as they are known are still used today, but modern technology allows the production of consistent tiles which can be used in any situation.
With the advent of the railway, Natural slate was now available throughout Britain. This meant that slate could now be used on ordinary housing not just the more prestigious buildings.
The 1920's saw the development of concrete tiles but these really came to the forefront during the massive rebuilding programme that took place after the Second World War. Their popularity grew as larger sizes were manufactured and became favoured by builders in the 1960's. A lack of skilled roofing workers meant unskilled workers were expected to fill the gap and the tiles were easier to fit. During this period, clay tile manufacturers found it difficult to compete and many went out of business.For all your Roofing repairs in Redhill, call Southern Roofing.
New roofing products launched
New roofing tiles have recently been launched by Roofing Manufacturers Redland and Marley. Redland has introduced a new tile to its Rosemary Clay Craftsman Tile range. The tile, Craftsman Victorian tiles have been made to resemble original Victorian tiles, with pitted surfaces, black patterning, irregular front edges and a varied hanging length. The aim is to imitate a weathered tile which is still very durable.
Marley Eternit has added some new slates to its Birkdale range, Flame Grey and Flame Brown. The slates have a smooth surface and are multi coloured. They are designed to imitate natural slate and. These slates have an A+ environmental rating. If you need any type of roof repairs in Redhill , please call us at Southern Roofing for a free quotation.
Over 28,000,000 square metres of flat roofing were installed during 2014 according to a recent report by AMA Research.
The Flat Roofing market place has grown by 3.5% and this is predicted to continue over the next 4 years. One of the main reasons for this growth is due to the flexibility and cost effectiveness of a flat roof. Since2012 there has been an increase in demand for the product from schools, warehouses, leisure facilities and commercial offices.
With Government restrictions on all Public Sector spending, Local Authorities and the NHS have to be more creative and look at other less expensive options when allocating their diminishing budgets.
Advances in technology mean that new products with higher performance and more choice are now available to the discerning buyer.
Maintenance and repair is a significant area of activity and as more new roofs are installed will continue to grow. For all Roofing repairs in Dorking call Southern roofing.
New guidelines come into force in March which should ensure that Britain's roofs are more resistant to the extremes of wind and weather that we now seem be experiencing.
There are three major changes to the standard:
- Every single lap tile will have to be mechanically fixed, with a degree of clipping required on most roofs
- Mortar alone is no longer deemed sufficient on its own to secure tiles and their associated fittings to a roof, so areas including ridges, hips and verges will now require mechanical fixing as well
- BS 5534 also introduces new requirements to secure lightweight underlays and prevent a recent problem of 'ballooning', caused by wind deflection, which has been known to place a load on the underside of the roof covering, capable of dislodging it.
From 1st March all new pitched roofing work using tiles, slates and shingles should be specified to the recommendations of the new standard, BS 5534:2014. For Roofing repairs East Grinstead contact Southern Roofing on 01737 400445.
Private Sector Driving Growth
Its been the private sector that has driven housing growth in the country over the last quarter, according to the latest figures. The total number of new homes registered in both the private and public sectors in the UK totalled 36,858 , which is a rise of 3% over the same period last year . These figures also reveal that this steady growth has been entirely driven by the private sector, recording a healthy 9% year on year, while the public sector reported an 11% drop in registrations.
Across the Country in the last quarter, the South East experienced a 50 % increase compared to the same period last year, with the East Midlands also considerably up at 38% for the quarter. New house building is expected to slow over the first quarter, due to the recent bad weather, where many roofing contractors are unable to cope with the demand for both scaffolding and roof repairs in Crawley.
Storm damage throughout Southern England
Widespread storms along the South Coast of England have caused a massive demand for Roofing services in every town, with many companies quoting on over 100 repairs a week, many customers cannot find a good reliable company to call. Southern Roofing are willing to visit all locations in the Reigate, Horley, Leatherhead and Kingston areas and in to London, providing free, competitive quotations for insurance claims. All work undertaken will be done with a minimum of disruption, to a high standard with a guarantee on work.
Daily Telegraph report
People will no longer have to live in "rabbit hutch homes" under planned changes to building standards. Ministers are poised to unveil a consultation which will scrap dozens of unnecessary measures imposed on house builders by councils and government. A key measure will be a proposal to introduce a minimum space standard for people's homes to recognise that rooms cannot be too small. The consultation, due to be published in the next few days, will propose bringing in the new standard for the homes of old and disabled people, however sources said it could be expanded to all new homes.
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