A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation into how an 63 year old employee died after falling from a church roof in Pontefract on 3 September 2012, has revealed significant health and safety failings.
A Castleford scaffolder pleaded guilty to breaches of Regulation 8(a) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.
The HSE told Wakefield Magistrates Court that the scaffolding edge, which should have provided adequate protection did not follow the edge of the roof. Consequently, there was a gap through which the employee fell.
Wakefield Magistrates Court sentenced the firm to 200 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay £15,000 in costs.
After the case was heard, HSE Inspector Sarah Lee said: “This was an entirely preventable death. In this case the scaffolding edge protection was not sufficient to prevent a person falling from the roof. The scaffold installation should have been erected correctly, follow the profile of the roof and have no large gaps. The standards for scaffold are well known and have been in place for many years. It is vital that scaffolders ensure that scaffold is erected as per the standards and it is checked after it is erected, to ensure that everything is in place.”
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