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Roofing Contractor Fined Over Brick-layers Death

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A Yorkshire roofing firm along with its Director has been prosecuted after a worker fell to his death though a fragile roof-light.

A 52 year old self-employed brick-layer, suffered fatal head injuries as a result of the fall whilst he was working to refurbish the flat roof of a School in Knaresborough.

Watershed Roofing Ltd a framework contractor for North Yorkshire County Council and one of its Directors from Bradford, had engaged the bricklayer to carry out necessary brickwork on the roof, as part of a scheme to add insulation and re-felt it.

The brick layer had been kneeling on the roof working when the accident happened back on the 16th August 2011.

When he stood up he fell backwards through a roof-light and into the boys’ toilet two metres below him, he was rushed to hospital by air ambulance but died later from his injuries.

In July of this year Bradford Crown Court heard that a Health and Safety Executive investigation found Watershed had prepared a construction phase plan which stated that before work was carried out, the plastic domes of all roof-lights needed to be removed and the apertures boarded over to prevent falls, but when roofers accessed the roof it was found that the domes could not be easily removed.

The court also heard that Watershed’s Director had visited the site on the first day the works had begun to check it had been set up correctly, and the difficulties with removing the roof-lights were discussed with the workforce. It was decided that works could progress without any covering of the roof-lights.

Watershed Roofing Limited pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work, and were fined £80,000 and ordered to pay £39,381.32 in costs.

The company Director pleaded guilty in his role as Director of the company to a breach of section of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £7000.

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Roofing Contractor Fined Over Brick-layers Death