An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive finds the death of a construction worker could have been avoided if work had been carried out in the proper manner.
Two roofing companies and a company director have collectively been ordered to pay £155,000 including costs after Lance Davies, 46, fell to his death on December 15, 2011.
The employee plummetted more than seven metres in the fatal workplace accident, which happened the Crumlin area of South Wales
‘Inadequate control measures’
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation finds the work at height that was carried out on the roof of an industrial premises had not been properly planned or managed.
There was also no effective supervision in place, all of which could have prevented the father of seven from falling to his death.
Pleading guilty at Cardiff Crown Court, SPAN Roofing Contractors Limited of Weston Super Mare, North Somerset, were ordered to pay a fine £65,000 and costs of £37,500 for breaching Regulation 13(2) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007.
After pleading guilty to breaching Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, B & T Roofing Solutions Limited, of Ystrad, Pentre, was fined a total of £20,000.
B & T’s company director, Kristian Griffiths, also pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 by virtue of Section 37 of the Health and Safety at work etc Act 1974, and was ordered to undertake160 hours of community service.
Mr Griffiths and B & T Roofing Solutions were ordered to pay costs of £32,500 between them.
Safety guidance available for employers
Responding to the court case, Paul Harvey, an HSE principal inspector, said: “Falls through fragile roof lights and roofs are one of the biggest causes of fatalities and serious injury in the construction industry. The issue is well known in the construction industry and there is plenty of guidance available.
“The tragic death of Mr Davies could easily have been avoided had the work been planned, managed and monitored effectively and simple and cost effective control measures put in place.”
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: September 15, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown