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JAIL FOR DIRECTORS PERVERTING COURSE OF JUSTICE

Risk assessment document changed after fatal roof fall

It has been reported by the Manchester Evening News that three men have been jailed following the death of Benjamin Edge, aged 25, who was fatally injured when he fell from the roof of a building at Fletcher Bank Quarry in Ramsbottom on 10th December 2014.

Mr Edge was employed by SR and RJ Brown and was “working on the roof with no safety equipment, in wet and windy conditions”.

The judge at Manchester Crown Court sentenced brothers James and Christopher Brown to 20 months in prison after the men admitted perverting the course of justice.

Deliberate falsifications

The Evening News reports that the court heard how James Brown, aged 32, composed a ‘grossly inadequate’ risk assessment before the job which he did not show to anyone and that he prepared another risk assessment after the death. The Browns were also said to have persisted with the ‘deliberate falsifications’ by stating that safety harnesses had been on site before the incident.

After the hearing, Mr Edge’s mother Janet Edge said her family and friends are now serving a ‘life sentence’. She is reported to have said:

“We are tormented by the circumstances under which Ben died….one word that constantly tortures us is ‘betrayal’. In the aftermath of the fall, when Ben was dying their sole interest was self-preservation through perverting the course of justice in a futile attempt to lay blame on an innocent, dying young man.”

 

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