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Fall from height death results in fines for company, director and contractor

17 November 2016

Warrington Crown Court has issued three fines following the death of a man who fell through the roof of a premises at Randor Park Industrial Park in Congleton in June 2013.

He had been tasked with cleaning roof lights and neither these or the roof itself were able to support the weight of a person, the court was told.

The man died after falling 7m through a roof light to the workshop floor below, sustaining fatal injuries.

He had been working with Leigh Bakewell who the court head did not have any qualifications for the work required and had not taken the necessary precautions to prevent falls.

Roman Lodge Asset Management and its director Jonathon Marshall were also found to have failed to ensure a competent roofer had been appointed and had also neglected to sufficiently plan or supervise the work.

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Roman Lodge Asset Management, of Broadhurst Lane, Congleton, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) and Regulation 5 of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, and were fined £20,000 with £8,010.00 costs.

Mr Marshall pleaded guilty to breaching two counts of Section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was sentenced to four months imprisonment on each count (suspended for 12 months) with costs of £8,010.00.

At a hearing on 18 August 2016, Mr Bakewell pleaded guilty to breaching section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

He was sentenced to six months imprisonment (suspended for 12 months) and was ordered to pay £8,610.47 costs.

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