The tragic death of a roofer from Wigan has prompted warnings for companies to guard themselves against fines and injury compensation claims by paying attention to health and safety.
David Battisson was working on the roof of The Range store in the town on behalf of CRN Contracts when he fell ten metres to the ground through a PVC light.
An investigation found that Mr Battisson’s work had not been correctly supervised and boards had not been used to cover up fragile areas of the roof.
Furthermore, the company failed to cordon off the floor beneath the work area to protect the public from harm.
"Roof maintenance can be extremely dangerous if proper health and safety rules aren’t followed. I hope this case will help to remind people that it’s simply not worth taking risks," commented Health and Safety Executive inspector Warren Pennington.
The warning over work injuries follows an incident in which a construction labour was left paralysed after falling through roof joists at a refurbishment site in Birkenhead.