03 December 2007
Roofing contractor prosecuted after worker dies
A roofing contractor from north Wales has been prosecuted in court after an incident in which a worker lost his life.
Paul Alker, who had only begun working for Wrexham Roof Services a few days before the accident, fell 25 ft through a skylight on the roof of a shop. Following an operation to fix a collar bone broken as a result of the fall, the 33-year-old died.
At a hearing in Mold Crown Court, Christopher Smith, the director of the firm - which was established over ten years ago - pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
Commenting on the case, Health and Safety Executive inspector Debbie John stated: "Mr Smith clearly knew that he should have provided safety harnesses for people working on roofs, but chose only to do this after the incident which led to the death of Mr Alker."
In 2006-07, 45 people died and more than 3,000 sustained a serious injury after a fall from height at work, she added.