A 52 year old self-employed brick-layer suffered fatal injuries after falling from a school roof in Knaresborough. The worker had been engaged to assist in the refurbishment of a flat roof in August 2011.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation into the incident revealed that the worker fell approximately two metres through a roof light and into the toilets below.
The court heard that an air ambulance was called but the brick layer died of his injuries.
The HSE told the court that the Yorkshire based roofing contractor had planned to remove the plastic roof lights and board them over to prevent any falls. However, the plastic covers were difficult to remove. A company Director visited the site on the first day of the work and although he was aware the covers had not been removed, he agreed the work should carry on.
Bradford Crown Court fined the company fined £80,000 and ordered to pay £39,381.32 in costs after breaching section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The company Director was fined £7,000 after admitting to a breach of section 37(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
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