Two roofing companies have been fined after a father of seven died when he fell more than seven metres through a skylight.
Span Roofing Contractors Ltd was fined £65,000 and B&T Roofing Solutions Ltd £20,000 following the death of 46-year-old Lance Davies at industrial premises in the Crumlin area of South Wales on December 15, 2011.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident found that the work at height on the roof was not properly planned, managed or monitored. There were inadequate control measures in place to prevent a fall through the roof lights.
At Cardiff Crown Court, Span Roofing Contractors Limited, of Sunnyside Road North, Weston Super Mare, North Somerset, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 13(2) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007. As well as a £65,000 fine the firm was also ordered to pay costs of £37,500.
B & T Roofing Solutions Limited, of Arthur Street, Ystrad, Pentre, pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and was fined a total of £20,000.
Kristian Griffiths, of Arthur Street, Ystrad, Pentre, a director of B & T Roofing Solutions Ltd also pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 by virtue of Section 37 of the Health and Safety at work etc Act 1974, and was given a 160 hours community service order.
B & T Roofing Solutions and Kristian Griffiths were ordered to pay costs of £32,500 between them.
Following the hearing, HSE principal inspector Paul Harvey said: “Falls through fragile roof lights and roofs are one of the biggest causes of fatalities and serious injury in the construction industry. The issue is well known in the construction industry and there is plenty of guidance available.
“The tragic death of Mr Davies could easily have been avoided had the work been planned, managed and monitored effectively and simple and cost effective control measures put in place.”