£100k fine for farm roof fatal fall as HSE launches sector campaign

The death of an employee who fell six metres while installing roof sheets on a new agricultural building has led to a fine of £100,000 for a construction contractor.

The sentencing of C & R Construction (SW) at Plymouth Magistrates’ Court followed a press release from the HSE last week outlining a month long campaign to raise awareness of the risks of building works in the agricultural sector.

The employee of C& R Construction, a specialist in steel-framed buildings for the farming sector, suffered fatal injuries on 11 May 2016.

The following day, the HSE served an immediate prohibition notice that banned all work on the roof, except for remedial work by a competent contractor, “because suitable and sufficient measures have not been taken to prevent persons falling a distance liable to cause personal injury”.

A subsequent HSE investigation found that C & R Construction had failed to provide suitable edge protection on the roof, and had failed to ensure there was suitable assessment of the risks from the use of edge protection.