Minshull Street Crown Court has prosecuted a loft conversion company after a 56 year old employee died after falling 5 metres from a roof in Chorlton, Manchester in January 2012.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation into the incident revealed that the scaffold had not been constructed high enough to save the employee from falling to the ground.
The court heard that the employee was using a ladder while carrying a roll of roofing felt. The ladder collapsed and the worker fell into a nearby garden.
The roofer died 17 days later.
The Darwen based company was fined £40,000 and ordered to pay £20,000 towards the cost of the prosecution after pleading guilty to two breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and a breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.
After the case was heard HSE Inspector Matt Greenly said:
“This simple lack of thought has cost a man his life and a family their father, husband, granddad and friend.”
“Falls from height are a major cause of serious and fatal injuries in the construction industry so it’s vital firms take the risks seriously. Proper planning is key to ensuring these well-known risks are well managed.”
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