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Maintenance company at fault over death of worker

16 May 2016

Birmingham Crown Court has awarded a substantial fine and costs after a maintenance company pleaded guilty to health and safety failings following the death of an employee.

The incident occurred after H20 Plumbing Services had been contracted to carry out repairs to equipment on the roof of a building on Hagley Road, Birmingham in October 2014.

This required a tarpaulin sheet to be placed on top of the roof, the corners of which were weighed down with bags of rubble.

When the company's two employees on site were cleaning up at the end of the day, the tarpaulin was blown away by the wind, landing over the edge of the building.

As the worker attempted to retrieve the sheet, he stepped off the side of the building, the court was told, falling 14m and suffering fatal injuries.

A subsequent investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found the company had failed to ensure the safety of its employees during the repair work.

H20 Plumbing Services of Lee Trading Estate, Perry Barr, Birmingham pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

The company was fined £100,000 and ordered to pay costs of £25,000.

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