Contracts manager who forged risk assessment after fatal fall jailed
A contracts manager who falsified the signature on a risk assessment of a roofer who was killed when they fell through a fragile roof.
After pleading guilty to failing to take reasonable care of other persons, pursuant to section 7 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, contrary to section 33(1)(a). The Manager also pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice.
The case related to an accident when an employee of the company, fell through a fragile roof on which they were working, to the floor below, sustaining fatal head injuries.
The contracts manager was responsible for the safety of their employees.
The police and the HSE investigated the death and found fundamental breaches of duty on the part of the company and also of a second company involved in the work.
The investigation found that practical steps, including providing netting, which the contracts manager insisted was not needed, could have been taken to make workers safer. Experts in the field assessed the site after the fall and advised that netting was necessary. Another expert in the field stated that it was not difficult to net and if it had been installed, would have caught the employee. Experts told investigators that netting would have cost approximately £1,250 to install.
During the investigation, the police examined the manager’s computer and found that they had altered the records in order to mislead the investigation. They presented a risk assessment document containing the employee’s forged signature.
The company was fined £100,000 and were also ordered to pay £30,000 in prosecution costs after pleading guilty to Section 2(1) Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
The second company have been fined £12,000 and were also ordered to pay £33,000 in prosecution costs after being found guilty of Regulation 15(2) Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015 following a trial.