A company director has been given a suspended prison sentence for safety failings after a roofer died in a work accident at a Staffordshire development.
Phillip Lonergan, 36, of Burton-on-Trent, fell seven metres while working on the warehouse construction project at Cotton Lane, Fauld, Tutbury on 29 December 2010, Stafford Crown Court was told on Tuesday.
He suffered head injuries and died in hospital later that day, the court heard. The case also resulted in fines for a scaffolding firm, a developer and a roofer.
Insufficient edge protection
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) discovered the director of Albion Tower and Scaffold Ltd, the Nottinghamshire company that provided edge protection for the development, Lee Cotterill, was not a qualified scaffolder, yet he was responsible for designing and erecting the edge protection.
The edge of the 20-degree roof was protected by two guardrails, which official standards stipulate is only sufficient for roofs with slopes of 10 degrees or less, the court was told.
E2 Developments Ltd asked 41-year-old roofer Peter Allum to put on the roof panels and Mr Lonergan was one of the roofers he employed to do it. The court heard Mr Allum had the roof plans but he did not make sure there was enough protection against falls for workers for the angle of the roof.
E2 Developments Ltd did not know it had to inform the HSE about the work and put competent contractors and co-ordinators in charge of it.
After admitting breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, 53-year-old Lee Cotterill, who lives on Marple Drive in Aston-on-Trent, received a three-month prison sentence suspended for a year. He must also pay £4,000 in costs.
Work accident safety fines
Albion Tower and Scaffold (East Midlands) Ltd, based at Common Lane, Watnall, admitted breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. It was fined £53,000 and told to pay costs of £15,500.
Peter Allum, of Beamhill Road, Burton-on-Trent, admitted breaching the same act. He must pay a £1,500 fine and the same amount in costs.
There was a £66,000 fine for E2 Developments Ltd, based at Hopley Road in Anslow near Burton-on-Trent. The firm admitted three breaches of the Construction, Design and Management Regulations 2007 and must pay a further £13,200 in costs.
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