JBS Roofing Ltd fined over death of worker Mark Cooper

Earlstrees Industrial Estate Image copyright Google
Image caption JBS Roofing Ltd admitted breaching the safety regulations at Earlstrees Industrial Estate

A roofing firm has been fined £10,000 following the death of a worker who fell through a roof light onto a concrete floor.

Mark Cooper, 46, from Kettering, died three days after investigating a leaking roof at Earlstrees Industrial Estate in Corby, in 2011.

He fell 20ft (6m) and suffered a fractured skull.

JBS Roofing Ltd admitted breaching health and safety regulations at Northampton Magistrates' Court.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found control measures such as edge protection, coverings or fall protection over fragile roof lights, and safe access from the roof were missing.

HSE inspector Samuel Russell said the incident was preventable.

"This case shows how important it is to have the correct safe systems of work in place for the entire duration of the project," he said.

"It is not acceptable to use lesser standards in work methods or safety equipment in any situation.

"The company was experienced in the roofing industry and had undertaken more complex and difficult projects before."

JBS Roofing Ltd was also ordered to pay costs of £4,987 and a victim surcharge of £1,000.

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