Two East Midlands roofing companies have been fined after a member of staff fell through a skylight.
The man suffered life-changing injuries from the nine-metre fall in December 2015 and required surgery to install metal rods in his back.
Coventry Magistrates Court heard how ACG Roofing Ltd had been subcontracted by JDB Industrial Roofing Ltd to complete re-cladding work on the fragile roof. At the time of the incident, no guard rails were being used.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that principal contractor JDB Industrial Roofing failed to have effective management systems in place to control the risk associated with working at height and on fragile roofing.
The business, of Brooklands Court, Kettering, pleaded guilty of breaching the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, has been fined £112,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,216.
ACG Roofing Ltd of High Street, Wellingborough, also pleaded guilty of breaching the Work at Height Regulations 2005. It was fined £35,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,721.
HSE inspector Edward Fryer said: "This incident could have been fatal; the worker has suffered life changing injuries due to the company failing to properly plan and supervise work at height.
"This case highlights the importance of proper planning, supervision and implementation of work at height especially on fragile roofing."
KILLER blizzard Storm Stella blanketed the northeast of the US in snow and hammered its shores with 60mph winds.
The snowstorm, which left at least five people dead, is now set to journey across the Atlantic on its way to the UK.
Here’s everything you need to know about the storm before it arrives.
Storm Stella is a powerful snow blizzard that battered the northeast coast of the USA and plunged it into a state of emergency.
Roughly 50 million people were under a blizzard warning as 60mph winds swept through.
The tail end of the storm is due to hit our shores this weekend – but its force will have significantly weakened.
Snow has only been predicted for some parts of Scotland.
The powerful blast buried northeastern states including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia and Massachussetts under snow.
At its most intense it caused the death of Ava Doris, 16, who lost control of her car.
The blizzard also claimed the lives of two elderly men in Milwaukee who were shovelling snow on Monday.
A man in Massachusetts was killed in his truck after it was hit by a train in poor visibility conditions.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh warns residents as Storm Stella blankets Mass
An elderly man in Connecticut died after he was struck by a snowplough, NBC reported.
Stella also caused school closures and the cancellations of 6800 flights as people were urged to stay indoors.
Temperatures were predicted to dip as low as -4C when people were warned of the storm.
Americans in US states such as New York and New Jersey were told to prepare for two feet of the white stuff.
That prediction was later downgraded to between 4 - 8 inches.
1600 snowploughs were deployed to clear the New York streets.
The porn website Pornhub sent snow ploughs to three states to help clear up snow.
Roughly 210,000 people in the mid-west and northeast experienced power outages.
The conditions caused German Chancellor Angela Merkel to postpone a trip to Washington to meet President Trump.
The tail end of Storm Stella is set to whip our shores this weekend.
The arrival will come after Brits have enjoyed the hottest day of the year so far on Wednesday.
Temperatures rocketed to 18C with people taking the opportunity to head to the beach or go for a picnic.
The weather was also bright and cheerful yesterday as Stella showed no signs of arriving.
Brits have woken up to sunny weather with a slight chill in the air this morning as the remnants of Storm Stella prepare to take effect.
Spring temperatures may remain as parts of the country feel mild this weekend but the wind is expected to make it feel colder.
Friday will gradually see wind and rain affecting most of the country by the end of the day.
The weekend will continue to be unsettled with rain coming in from the west.
Parts of the weekend will continue to see brighter spells but parts of Scotland are likely to experience snow.
Storms are given their own names in the UK so Stella would be renamed if its effect here was significant enough.
Steven Keates from the Met Office said: "From late Thursday till Sunday it will turn wet and windy across the country and this will last thorough the weekend.
"Wind will strengthen to gale force of up to 60mph on Friday and Saturday in the North West England and Wales."
Temperatures are expected to plunge by Friday and will struggle to reach 9C.
The worst affected areas for gales are predicted to be coastlines in Southern England and the North West.
Scotland and the north are first in the firing line when Storm Stella's remnants sweep through this weekend.
Forecaster Oli Claydon said: "The benign conditions are certainly going to turn as things become more unsettled at the end of the week.
"It is all part of the same system which is currently causing stormy weather in the US, although it won't be anywhere near as vigorous when it reaches the UK.
"But we are going to see a regime change as this low pressure system moves across the Atlantic.
"There will be some rain around on Wednesday although most places will see a dry day; on Thursday the north will get some rain.
"From Friday into the weekend it will turn wet and windy across the country and this will last thorough the weekend."
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SEVERN Trent Water (STW) customers are being encouraged to report water leaks which can develop in the winter.
STW has a network of pipes that would stretch around the world, and so customers often spot the leaks before the firm.
Malcolm Whittaker, from STW who has been finding and fixing leaks in the region for more than 30 years, said: "We take leakage very seriously, fixing on average 121 leaks per day and we want to bring leakage levels down as much as possible so that water isn’t wasted.
"This is particularly important when it’s cold as leaks can turn to ice and become very dangerous to the public.
"Engineers like me work day and night finding and fixing leaks and bursts, however we recognise that there may be some leaks that are still out there that we don’t know about.
“So we need our customers help.
"In many cases, we don’t know where leaks are until our customers report them. Please don’t assume we already know about the burst or leak, even if it is a large one: particularly in rural areas where it’s possible for leaks to run for days without being noticed."
Leaks or bursts are repaired on a priority basis, with those affecting customers’ water supply being fixed first.
Customers can check whether leaks have already been reported by visiting the STW website, and click on the check my area map section.
If a leak hasn't been reported call the STW's leakline number, free on most landlines. on 0800 783 4444 you can also report it here in your area on their website https://www.stwater.co.uk/in-my-area/report-a-problem/ or feel free to contact us.
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Damp plaster is unpleasant to live with, especially at this time of year, and can affect the whole room, but what can you do about it?
Here are six tips for dealing with the problem:
1. Check the outside of your home. Penetrating damp happens when there's a problem with the fabric of the building. While the damp usually moves horizontally from the outside in, it can appear on ceilings (see below) as well as walls.
Defective or missing flashing on the roof, defective or blocked guttering, defective pointing and brickwork, and cracked or missing render typically cause penetrating damp, although there may be other causes. Sometimes what appears to be damp may actually be condensation.
2. If the lower part of a wall is damp, it's probably rising damp (water coming up from the ground), in which case the solution may be a new damp-proof course, installed by a specialist damp company (other damp-proofing solutions are available).
Once the bricks are damp, the moisture usually transfers to the plaster inside - tell-tale signs include dark patches and blistering/bubbling paint, but it's not always obvious that the plaster is damp. Damp plaster should be removed to expose the bricks underneath - letting them dry out is a good idea, but it can take a very long time.
3. If you can't wait, get a plasterer to do a waterproof render and then replaster, so there's a barrier between the moisture in the bricks and the new plaster. This is a messy process and if you get a specialist damp company to do it, it may be expensive, but they should provide a guarantee. Most plasterers won't give you a guarantee, but should charge a lot less.
The key is to get an experienced and reputable plasterer who knows what they're doing and uses the right products. If the waterproof render isn't done correctly, the damp will come back through the plaster, which is disastrous.
4. Sometimes the damp-proof course is simply being prevented from doing its job. You should be able to see it along your home's exterior walls - look for a row of small holes a little way up from the ground.
In old properties, slate was used as the original damp-proof course and is sometimes still in place. If the level of your garden, patio or path is higher than the damp-proof course, for example, it won't work properly.
5. Perhaps you've noticed damp on a chimney breast, or where the chimney breast would have originally been? This could be because the chimney stack needs repairs, the chimney pot isn't capped, or the chimney breast isn't ventilated properly indoors.
When a fireplace opening is sealed up, a vent should be fitted, but isn't always (it's a relatively straightforward DIY job to fit one), and vents can get blocked with dust and debris. A defective chimney or roof can cause damp on the ceilings below, especially if there's no roofing felt, which is sometimes the case in old properties.
6. The quickest and easiest DIY way to deal with damp plaster is to cover it with anti-damp paint and then repaint the topcoat. Anti-damp paint is usually really thick, so apply it with a brush (to get lots on) and then use a mini foam roller to get a good, flat finish. Leave it to dry thoroughly - see the manufacturer's instructions - and apply a second coat if recommended.
Anti-damp paint works well for a while, but is rarely able to hold back damp long term.
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The roof is one of the biggest investments you'll make in your home. Find out how the costs of installation of a new roof and repairs on existing roofs are determined.
Size: Roofers will calculate the exact size and dimensions of your roof to best estimate the amount of materials needed.
Slope of your roof: The steeper your roof is, the more materials will be needed to cover it.
Materials: The price for materials will depend on what kind of roofing materials you choose to have installed.
Roof access: If your roof is difficult to access, or if it is multiple stories, contractors may charge more.
Difficulty level: If your project is complex - for example, if you have chimneys, skylights and vents that roofers need to work around - the higher the cost could be.
Location: Where you live could determine your estimate.
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local.which.co.uk contacted Which? Local-recommended traders to find out how much standard jobs should cost and how quickly they should be completed. Armed with this information, you’ll feel confident about hiring traders and be better equipped to spot when things aren't right.
local.which.co.uk surveyed recommended roofers to find out how much you should spend on 13 common jobs and how long they should take to complete.
If extensive work is taking place on a property above one storey high then it’s likely that scaffolding will be required.
Scaffolding is expensive, and takes hours to put up and take down. This will increase the price of quotes.
In July 2012, we sent a survey to all Which? Local traders in the Roofers category with a rating of three stars or more and an email address.
20 roofing professionals responded to the survey. Using their experience and expertise, they answered questions about the cost of popular roofing jobs, and how long they should take to complete.
|Job||Details||Typical price quoted||Price range||Typical time to complete job|
|Survey conducted in July 2012|
|Replace fascias and soffits on a typical three-bed detached bungalow||Remove wooden fascias and soffits. Replace with uVPC. Includes cost of labour and materials. Assuming no scaffolding needed.||£1,900||£1,250-£2,225||2–5 days|
|Replace fascias and soffits on a typical three-bed detached, two-storey house||Remove wooden fascias and soffits. Replace with uVPC. Includes cost of labour, materials and scaffolding.||£2,425||£1,625-£3,000||2–5 days|
|Replace lead flashing on chimney||n/a||£340||£300-£450||1 day|
|Fix leaking roof on a two-bed bungalow||Replace approx six roof tiles.||n/a||£80-£189||1-3 hours|
|Fix leaking roof on three-bed, semi-detached, two storey house||Replace approx six roof tiles.||n/a||£88-£200||1–3 hours|
|Replace whole roof on a two-bed bungalow – plain tiles||Remove existing tiles, fit new plain tiles. Includes cost of labour, materials and scaffolding.||£4,500||£3,850-£5,875||4-6 days|
|Replace whole roof on a three-bed, semi-detached, two-storey house – plain tiles||Remove existing tiles, fit new plain tiles. Includes cost of labour and materials.||£5,600||£4,500-£7,000||6–10 days|
|Replace whole roof on a four-bed, detached, two-storey house – plain tiles||Remove existing tiles, fit new plain tiles. Includes cost of labour and materials.||£6,750||£5,500-£8,750||10–14 days|
|Replace whole roof on a two-bed bungalow - slate||Remove existing slate and replace with new.||£4,800||£4,000-£6,000||5–10 days|
|Replace whole roof on a three-bed, semi-detached, two-storey house – slate||Remove existing slate and replace with new.||£6,250||£5,000-£7,500||8–12 days|
|Replace whole roof on a four-bed, detached, two-storey house – slate||Remove existing slate and replace with new.||£8,250||£6,500-£12,000||10–20 days|
|Flat roof on typical single garage||Put a flat roof on existing single garage - rubber membrane.||£900||£840-£1,150||1 day|
|Flat roof on conservatory||Put a flat roof on a conservatory measuring approx 10'10” x|
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Some people love the sound of rain, but nobody likes the drip, drip, drip of a leaky roof. So start your fall home inspection from the top, taking a good look at the condition of your roof. Curled, damaged, loose or missing shingles are signs that your roof may be compromised.
"Problems can arise anywhere on the roof, but more often than not, the best areas to check are generally where shingles meet any wall, chimney, skylight, pipe or other flashings," said Jeff Durocher, of Jeff Durocher Roofing in Little Falls.
A loose shingle doesn’t seem like much cause for concern, but it can lead to bigger problems. As Durocher noted, "if it blows off, becomes damaged in a storm or if there is a few feet of snow on the roof, the result can be a serious leak.Sometimes problems won’t be seen until expensive interior damage is already done. This makes what would have typically been a simple maintenance repair job much more invasive, requiring tearing up an area of roofing and removing and replacing rotted wood from scratch."
Before climbing a ladder to check out the conditions on the roof yourself, however, consider that a thorough inspection should really be left to a pro. "Some people may be tempted, but if your shingles are sliding out of place in one area, who is to say others won’t slide out from under your feet when you’re attempting a repair," cautioned Durocher. "Plus sometimes what looks like a small problem, can really be much worse. A professional may notice things that a homeowner cannot."
Although he doesn’t recommend leaving a roof inspection to a do-it-yourselfer, Durocher said you can also check inside your home for telltale signs of trouble. He recommends examining the ceiling for stains. Water stains usually have a dark ring around them and get larger and darker after it rains. Take particular note of what Durocher called "flashing regions," the walls and ceiling around skylights or chimneys.
Here’s one way to keep your heating bills low: seal leaks due to cracks around your home’s windows and doors. Weather stripping is an inexpensive solution, but it can deter-iorate, so check it and replace it if necessary.
Caulk is another easy remedy for drafty gaps not only around doors and windows, but for places on an exterior wall where cable, phone, electrical or gas lines enter the house. If there is existing caulk, make sure it isn’t cracked or damaged. If it is, scrape off the old stuff and re-caulk.
Test for drafts in all of these areas on a windy day now, and take appropriate measures before the temperature drops to freezing.
Chipped stairs and loose railings spell potential disaster, as do damaged walkways and driveways. And the danger is exacerbated when conditions outdoors are slippery and icy. Minor repairs to concrete surfaces are easy, however.
Clean out the crack thoroughly, using a wire brush. Then apply a concrete repair caulk or crack filler, which you can find in any home improvement or hardware store. You can also find patch kits for driveways, working the same way. But leave major repairs to large cracks, stairs and other concrete surfaces to a professional.
Finally, a few last words to the wise from Durocher, "A homeowner should look at their property before the bad winter weather comes and always look as often as possible. There may be problems a professional contractor can correct with simple standard maintenance. Being proactive with your property will go a long way in making sure your home is prepared for the most crucial months of the year."
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Right now falling leaves, twigs and other wind-blown debris are not just covering your lawn, they are clogging your gutters and drain spouts. Cleaning the gutters is a minor task but it’s of major importance.
Said Tom Stachelrodt of North Jersey Gutter Topper in Ridgewood, "Clogged gutters in the winter prevent rain and melting snow from flowing away from your house, causing snow and ice buildup on your roof and gutters. This extra weight can result in gutters that pull away from or fall off the house. It also causes ice damming, which is a buildup of melting snow and ice that can [leak into] your home."
Clean, unobstructed gutters, on the other hand, head off potential water damage to the roof and also to siding and even your home’s foundation.
Cleaning the gutters yourself is relatively easy. You’ll need a trowel, or work gloves, to scoop out twigs, leaves, dirt or any other bits of things — including insects and other critters that may be nesting in there.
You’ll also need a sturdy ladder. Never stand on the roof and lean over to do the job. That’s dangerous.
Once you’ve cleaned out everything, flush the gutters with water, using a garden hose. Then make sure the downspouts are clear and nothing is lodging inside them.
However, Stachelrodt cautioned, "Cleaning your gutters once or twice a year does not guarantee clean gutters. You should clean them at least six times a year to ensure the flow of water away from the house."
You might consider installing gutter screens or gutter guards. A gutter guard is a product made of aluminum or super-fine mesh screening or perforated metal that goes over the existing gutter or it can be a heavy-duty brush that sits inside the gutter to prevent clogs [resulting] from the buildup of leaves and other debris.
From copra to piña coladas, the coconut has a wide range of uses. Now it is making an appearance as a possible roofing material.
A team of students and professors at the Institute of Technology of Colima (Itec) has developed an alternative roofing product made from the husk of the coconut.
During a first stage, the team replaced the commonly used fiberglass with coconut fiber, mixing it with a polyester resin to meld all the elements. After the product didn’t provide the expected results, the team decided instead to try coir, the fiber in the coconut’s outer husk.
Professor José Ricardo Moreno Peña explained that a key motivator in their research was creating a sustainable product. The coconut fiber is usually discarded as trash or burned, and is readily available throughout the state.
Early tests have shown that the uniquely-shaped sheets of roofing are strong but Moreno said more testing will determine their structural tolerance to determine if it can be used for building.
The product is also something that people can make themselves.
“Our purpose is to offer safe self-assembly alternatives for people who with their own work will be able to produce this sheet roofing. Our product will provide a shelter from the elements from the get-go, but we plan in future design stages to add a thermal resistance element,” said Moreno.
Once the technical feasibility and resilience of the sheets is satisfactorily tested, the team will focus on further improving the product.
Architecture and design student Joel Vargas Montes said the sheets are different from any others currently available on the market.
He said they are composed of pyramid-like structures that distribute the load throughout the sheet.
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The recently-held Guyana Coconut Festival has been deemed a success as more people are expressing interest in cultivation that could boost the revival of the industry.
“A lot of people have been waiting on the opportunity to invest in coconut and that was what we actually wanted to get out of the festival,” Raymond Trotz, a producer and Chairman of the National Stakeholders Platform (NPS), told Stabroek News in an interview.
The festival, held from October 21 to October 23 under the theme ‘Awakening the Sleeping Giant,’ was part of the activities planned for Coconut Awareness Week.
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