Cumbria

Cumbrian building firm fined over worker's roof fall death

A Cumbrian building firm and its owner have been sentenced after a worker died after falling from a roof.

Jason Pennington fell through a skylight onto a concrete floor 7.6m (24ft) below in 2011.

His employer, Peter Mawson Ltd, was fined £200,000 for corporate manslaughter at Preston Crown Court.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the firm failed to provide any equipment to prevent workers falling to their death.

Mr Pennington was working at West Cumberland Farmers LTD, in Lindal, Ulverston, when the fatal accident happened.

The 42-year-old was taken to Furness General Hospital where he later died.

'Fragile panels'

The building and joining firm pleaded guilty in December to corporate manslaughter and a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act by failing to ensure the safety of employees.

The company was fined a total of £220,000 for the two offences on Tuesday.

Owner Peter Mawson also pleaded guilty to the Health and Safety breach.

He was sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for two years and ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.

HSE investigating inspector Chris Hatton, said the company "did nothing" to make sure Mr Pennington was safe while he worked on a fragile roof.

He added: "Peter Mawson knew the clear panels on the roof weren't safe to walk on but neither he nor his company provided any equipment to prevent workers falling to their death.

"If scaffolding or netting had been fitted under the fragile panels, or covers had been fitted over them, then Jason would still be here today."

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