Northampton Magistrates’ Court has fined a roofing company £10,000 and ordered them to pay costs of £4,987 after pleading guilty to breaching regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.
An investigation held by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that a 46 year old man from Kettering died three days after falling six metres through a fragile roof and onto a concrete floor.
The worker suffered a fractured skull.
The HSE told the court that the roofing firm had omitted to plan the work and had failed to provide any protective safety fall equipment, hard covers or edge protection.
Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Samuel Russell said:
“Tragically, a worker died in what was a preventable incident. This case shows how important it is to have the correct safe systems of work in place for the entire duration of the project.
“It is not acceptable to use lesser standards in work methods or safety equipment in any situation, but especially when the work requires more permanent solutions for the longevity of the work.
“The company was experienced in the roofing industry and had undertaken more complex and difficult projects before. Its actions placed roofing workers at great risk.
“Working at height is still the biggest killer in the construction industry. HSE expects all stakeholders in the roofing industry to work to required standards to prevent further tragedies from happening.”
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