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WORKMAN DIED IN FALL DURING ROOFWORK

Contractors failed to manage risk, communicate and coordinate work

Two construction companies have been fined after the death of a 42-year old man Hampshire in July 2012.

Bournemouth Crown Court heard that a contractor working for Quality 1st Building Services Ltd was undertaking remedial work to a roof at a domestic property in Ringwood, Hampshire when he fell 7m from the roof to the ground and later died of head injuries.

HSE investigators found that neither the project Principal Contractor, E.P. Abley Ltd, nor the contractor Quality 1st Building Services Ltd ensured that the roof work was being undertaken with the appropriate edge protection in place to prevent falls from height.

  • Quality 1st Building Services Ltd – of Northfield Road, Ringwood, Hampshire pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4 (1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2015. The company was fined £40,000 and ordered to pay costs of £17,500.
  • E.P. Abley Ltd – of Avon Castle Drive, Ringwood, Hampshire pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The company was fined £26,667 and ordered to pay costs of £22,500.

HSE also told the court that both companies failed to clearly communicate and co-ordinate the work being undertaken on the project in a safe and appropriate manner.

Properly planning absent

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Caroline Penwill said:

“This case highlights the importance of properly planning work at height, to avoid tragic incidents such as this.

This death could have easily been prevented had both companies taken safety measures before any work at height had begun.”

 

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