Sales Director’s Community order after fall of an apprentice

The sales director of a West Midlands roofing firm has been fined and handed a community order.  This comes after an untrained 18 year old apprentice sustained severe head, facial and back injuries after a fall of more than 6 meters through a fragile skylight on to a concrete floor.  The incident happened on 29th November 2016.

The  inexperienced apprentice was unfamiliar with the type of roof being repaired before and had not received any training for work near skylights. He was placed in an induced coma for three weeks and has not returned to work.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the apprentice was carrying out roof surveying work on a factory roof.  The contractors had failed to properly plan the roof work and did not supervise the trainee.

Steven Dickson, a senior manager and acting sales director of Adam Askey of Starley Way, Solihull, pleaded guilty to breaching s 37 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. He was given a community order that required him to do 200 hours’ unpaid work and to submit to an electronically-monitored curfew between 8pm and 6am for a period of four weeks starting immediately. Dickson was also ordered to pay £1,749 in costs.

The company pleaded guilty to breaching reg 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations at Coventry Magistrates’ Court on 13 December. The company was fined £120,000 and ordered to pay £1,309 in costs.