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Roofing company sentenced after employee dies falling from height

7th Mar 2019

A roofing company and its director were sentenced at Southwark Crown Court for safety breaches that resulted in the death of an employee.

In 2015, Daniel Shrimpton, nephew of company director Ray Strank, was found lying on the ground outside a two-storey terraced house after removing flashing from the roof. He was unresponsive when found and died later in hospital.

The investigation found that Ray Strank Roofing Ltd had not put up any scaffolding around two sides of the building to provide edge protection, which would have been the appropriate measures required for the work at height. The work was not properly planned, and suitable control measures were not in place, according to the joint HSE and Metropolitan Police investigation.

Ray Strank Roofing Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4 of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, was fined £50,000 and ordered to pay costs of £5,500. Ray Strank was sentenced to 200 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay costs of £5,500 after pleading guilty to breaching Section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

HSE inspector Gabriella Dimitrov said: “This was a tragic incident, which could so easily have been avoided by the carrying out of correct control measures and safe working practices.

“Falls from height remain one of the most common causes of work fatalities in this country, and the hazards associated with working at height are well-known. Similarly, the precautions and systems of work available to control these hazards are also well known and well documented.

“Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.”

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