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CRANE WORKER DIED DURING LIFTING OPERATIONSi

Roof sheeting project lacked fragile rooflight preventive measures

Premier Roofing Systems Limited and A-Lift Crane Hire Limited from Northamptonshire have been fined a total of £223,000 after an employee of  the crane hire company died when fell through a factory roof in August 2013.

Northampton Crown Court heard how A-Lift Crane Hire Limited were hired by Premier Roofing Systems Limited to provide a mobile crane to lift roofing sheets onto a factory roof at Virani Foods Limited in Wellingborough.

The sheets were being lifted onto the roof when the employee fell through an unprotected skylight and died as a result of his injuries.

HSE investigators found Safety Executive (HSE) found that preventative measures to allow operatives to work safely on the roof were not put in place.

Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 charges

Premier Roofing Systems Limited, of Unit G, The Grove, Corby Northamptonshire, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and was fined £140,250 and ordered to pay costs of £41,428.

A-Lift Crane Hire Limited, of Main Road, Wilby Northamptonshire, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and was fined £83,300 and ordered to pay costs of £21,500.

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