Roofing company R4 Industrial Roofing Cladding Systems was fined £ 165,000 after falling through an industrial roof light and fatally injuring an employee
Basildon Crown Court heard Jonathan Moore, employee of R4 Industrial Roofing Cladding Systems Ltd., making repairs on a large warehouse roof in Tilbury Harbor on February 25, 2018 when he stepped on a fragile roof light that gave way. He fell more than 10 meters on the concrete floor and was fatally injured.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the repair work was carried out without appropriate safety precautions.
The planning and monitoring of the work was completely inadequate, which also endangered a self-employed person who helped with the repairs.
R4 Industrial Roofing Cladding Systems Ltd. pleaded guilty to violating Sections 2 (1) and 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974. They were fined £ 165,000 and ordered to pay a cost of £ 20,957.
Following the hearing, HSE Inspector Glyn Davies said, “Falls from height remain one of the leading causes of work-related death in this country and the risks associated with working at height are well known.
“Organizations should be aware that unsafe work at height is not acceptable without proper and adequate controls, and HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those who fall below the required standard.”