08 January 2008
Company director given community service after employee dies
The director of a firm has been given 100 hours community service and ordered to pay £6,000 in costs after one of his employees died.
Construction worker Andrew Bridges lost his life during the demolition of a 2.5-tonne reinforced concrete roof in Batley, West Yorkshire.
He was fatally crushed beneath the roof, which fell to the ground.
Norman Ellis, director of Q Homes, pleaded guilty in Dewsbury Magistrates Court to breaches of health and safety regulations.
"When embarking on any project such as this, which involves structural alteration and demolition work, it is a basic requirement for work to be carefully planned and risks assessed," stated Health and Safety Executive inspector Sarah Hague.
The tragedy of the event is made worse by the fact that it could easily have been prevented, she added.
According to government statistics, there were 59 deaths in the construction industry during 2005-06.