factory is fined £210,000 after man was killed in roof fall
Highbridge industrial firm has been fined £210,000 after a
worker fell 25ft to his death through a skylight.
Wright Maxwell, 46, was working on a suspected unstable roof at
Cooper B-Line when it caved in and he plummeted onto the concrete
floor of a rack assembly below.
maintenance worker was pronounced dead shortly after the fall on
May 17, 2013.
Maxwell regularly carried out repair work to the factory roof without
adequate and sufficient safety measures being in place, heard Taunton
Cooper B-Line (CBL) factory in Commerce Way has been taken to task
over the incident.
company pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and
Safety at Work etc Act 1974. It was fined £210,000 and were
ordered to pay £36,493 in costs.
watchdog Health and Safety Executive claims a 'confusing system
of working' had developed and CBL bosses failed to manage the risks
posed to workers.
Maxwell's devastated partner Gwenaelle Ansquer has slammed CBL after
bosses initially failed to accept responsibility for his death,
it was said.
said: "Losing Sam in this way casts a huge black cloud over
my life and the life of our daughter."
now over three years later, I still feel like it happened yesterday.
I have been waiting all that time for CBL to accept the responsibility
for something that should never have happened."
wish that they had done that from the beginning. I cannot believe
they ever tried to deny it."
Health and Safety Executive said an investigation revealed people
regularly worked on roofs without proper precautions to prevent
inadequate generic risk assessment, which failed to identify the
risks and control measures necessary when its employees were working
at height was also found.
Inspector Annette Walker said: "The senior management of companies
must learn from this tragic case that they need to take the health
and safety of their workers seriously."
this case a confusing system of work had developed and unintentionally
encouraged dangerous methods. Falls from height continue to account
for a significant proportion of all workplace deaths and serious
injuries. Falls through fragile roofs and skylights sadly happen
all too often."
should ensure that all roof work including routine maintenance is
properly planned and carried out safely."
Police outside the former Cooper B-Line factory after the 2013 accident