Preston Crown Court has fined a building and joinery firm and its owner after an employee died in a roof fall in October 2011.
The court sentenced the owner to eight months in prison, suspended for two years; 200 hours unpaid work and ordered to publicise the accident on the company website and in the local newspaper. He was also fined £31,504.77 in costs.
The company was fined £200,000 for ‘corporate manslaughter’ and £10,000 for breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Cumbria Constabulary have been working very closely to investigate the details of the case where a 42 year old employee fell through a roof and died shortly afterwards.
The court was told that the building company had done nothing to protect the employee.
After the case was heard, the HSE Inspector Chris Hatton said:
“[The worker] tragically lost his life because the company that employed him did nothing to make sure he was safe while he worked on a fragile roof.”
“[The company owner] knew the clear panels on the roof weren’t safe to walk on but neither he nor his company provided any equipment to prevent workers falling to their death. If scaffolding or netting had been fitted under the fragile panels, or covers had been fitted over them, then Jason would still be here today.”
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