Worker dies in skylight fall

A company in Kent has been fined following the death of a worker.

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Worker's death was 'preventable'

This is a tragic case in which a devoted husband, father and grandfather has lost his life whilst at work. It is sickening that such incidents happen despite the widespread industry knowledge of the risks of working at height and of working on fragile roofs with equally fragile skylights.

Mr Rogers’ death was entirely preventable. Mr Parker should have provided his workers with suitable equipment to work on the roof. He failed to do so."

– Guy Widdowson, HSE Inspector

He added:

Allied Domecq do not contract out their health and safety responsibilities just by contracting out a particular job. It was their duty to ensure there was a safe system of work before the job started and that their contractors followed agreed safe procedures. They too failed to do so.”

– Guy Widdowson, HSE Inspector

Companies prosecuted for safety breaches

Two companies have been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive for safety breaches, after a worker died in a fall. Richard Parker (trading as Ovenden Engineering) in Folkestone was fined £26,667 and ordered to pay £4,000 in costs.

And Allied Domecq Spirits and Wine Ltd, (trading as CG Hibbert) in West London, was fined £266,677 with costs of £10,752. Both companies had entered guilty pleas at a hearing in April.

The court heard there was no safety equipment in place for anyone working on the roof, which was itself fragile. This was despite Mr Parker’s employees working on the warehouse roof as often as every month.


Kent worker died following six-metre fall

Photo shows the bonded warehouse where the incident happened Credit: ITV Meridian

A man from Kent died after plunging six metres through a fragile skylight because safety measures were neglected both by his employer and a major drinks wholesaler, a court has heard.

61-year-old Robert Rogers was working for Richard Parker, trading as Ovenden Engineering, which had been contracted by Allied Domecq Spirits and Wine Ltd to fix a leak in the roof and clean the gutters of their bonded warehouse in Dover, Kent.

Canterbury Crown Court was told that Mr Rogers was on the roof with his brother in November 2010, when he fell through one of the 80 skylights and hit the concrete floor below. He suffered multiple injuries and died later in hospital.

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