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Jail sentence for directors following working at height death

22 May 2017

Chelmsford Crown Court has handed jail sentences to three directors judged to have been at fault over the death of a worker who fell through a warehouse roof.

The incident occurred during attempts to repair the roof of the Ozdil House premises in Harlow, Essex, on 13 April 2015.

Ozdil Investments company directors Firat Ozdil and Ozgur Ozdil had contested charges of corporate manslaughter, after the charges were brought as a result of an investigation by Essex Police.

They received sentences of one year, for Firat Ozdil, and 10 months, handed to Ozgur Ozdil for a breach of the Health and Safety at Work, etc, Act after the court heard that warnings had been ignored about the completion of the repairs.

Both the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Harlow District Council had informed Ozdil Investments of the dangers, particularly relating to the importance of putting safety measures in place.

However, the two directors had paid Kadir Kose, sole director of Koseoglu Metalworks, to complete the work.

This was begun without having any safety measures in place for a price that was around £100,000 cheaper than a professional roofing contractor would have charged, according to the Crown Prosecution Service.

The court was also told that Koseoglu Metalworks had no experience of roofing work and no risk assessment had been carried out or training provided to staff instructed to complete the repair.

Subsequently, the victim had stepped onto a discoloured skylight which gave way, resulting in him sustaining serious injuries from which he later died in hospital.

Mr Kose was jailed for eight months for his involvement in the worker's death.

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