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DIRECTOR AND FIRMS FINED OVER ROOF FALL DEATH

Precautions for safety near fragile materials were not followed

Two roofing companies and one of their directors have been fined after a worker fell to his death through a skylight in December 2011.

Cardiff Crown Court heard how 46 year old Lance Davies, a father of seven, died after falling over 7m through a roof light at industrial premises in the Crumlin area of South Wales.

HSE investigators found that the work at height on the roof was not properly planned, managed or monitored. There were inadequate control measures in place to prevent a fall through the roof lights.

  • SPAN Roofing Contractors Limited – of Weston Super Mare, North Somerset, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 13(2) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007, and was fined £65,000 and ordered to pay costs of £37,500.
  • B & T Roofing Solutions Limited – of Pentre, pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and was fined a total of £20,000.
  • Kristian Griffiths – of Pentre, a director of B & T Roofing Solutions Ltd 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 given a 160 hours community service order.

B & T Roofing Solutions and Kristian Griffiths were ordered to pay costs of £32,500 between them.

Following the hearing, HSE Principal Inspector Paul Harvey 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.”

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