Fine for Company Director following Roof Collapse

Dec 03, 2018

A Director of a construction company has been fined following the partial collapse of a building during construction work. In a lucky escape for the three workers who had been working on the roof just prior to its collapse, the tile hoist they had been working on had broken down, forcing them to leave the roof before the structure collapsed and resulting in no injuries. 

Sheffield Magistrates' Court found that timber roof structures had been constructed for each of the two blocks in questions, but they had not been tiled in their entirety. A Health and Safety investigation that had been carried out during pre-construction advised that the roof structure needed to be designed by a specialist, but this advice was not taken until; after the incident. It was found that at the time of the collapsed the roof was not able to withstand the loads which had been applied to it. 

The responsible company Director has been found guilty of breaching Section 37 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and has been fined £30,000 with £7026.58 in costs. Following the hearing, HSE inspector Alan Sheldon said: “Where Directors are found to be negligent in carrying out their roles, they too may face legal proceedings associated with the same health and safety management failings.  Although there were no injuries, matters could have been very different had the workers still been on the roof at the time of its collapse.”



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