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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.
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.