Brighton Magistrates Court heard how numerous concerns were raised by members of the public about work being carried out by G & S Roofing Limited.
The company twice ignored written advice to address the issue of working at height in an unsafe manner.
In August 2016, a further concern was raised by a member of the public who contacted the HSE after seeing more evidence of operatives hired by G & S Roofing working unsafely from height. Inspectors then visited the site.
The HSE investigation found one of the operatives to be working on the flashings of a chimney from a ladder resting on the pitch of the roof at the unguarded gable end of the two storey house.
There was nothing at the gable end of the roof to prevent a person falling. There were no suitable measures in place to prevent a person falling from the gable end, a fall which could have caused personal injury.
A prohibition was served but the company took no action to rectify the dangerous working conditions.
G & S Roofing Ltd of Ruslip was found guilty in its absence to breaching safety regulations and fined a total of £80,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,574.
Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Rebekah Dunn said: “The dangers associated with working at height are well-known and G & S Roofing had a duty to protect all operatives from the risk of falling from height.
“Despite repeated advice, the company failed to put in adequate precautionary measures.
“It is vital for duty-holders to ensure that all issues related to health and safety are suitably addressed, particularly when the issues are highlighted.”