Birmingham Crown Court has fined a plumbing services company based in Perry Barr, £100,000 and ordered to pay costs of £25,000 after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated an incident in October 2014 where two employees were engaged in roof repairs. The court heard that the workers had set up a temporary work station on the roof where they mixed mortar. This consisted of a mortar bath covered by a tarpaulin. When the employees were clearing up, a gust of wind blew the tarpaulin open and one worker reached to stop it blowing away. In doing so, he fell approximately 14 metres and died of his injuries.
The HSE found that the plumbing company failed to ensure the safety of its employees during the repair work.
After the case was heard, HSE Inspector Amy Kalay said “A suitable and sufficient assessment of the risk, suitable planning, implementation of suitable control measures and adequate and effective site supervision would have prevented this incident from occurring.”
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