Scaffolder dies in dairy roof light plunge

Grant Prior 6 years ago
Share

A scaffolder died when he fell eight metres through a fragile roof light while working on top of a chemical store at a creamery in Cornwall.

Two companies have been fined £105,000 over the incident at Dairy Crest premises at Davidstow near Camelford on 4 November, 2008.

Truro Crown Court heard that Michael Stone, 44, of Plymouth, was erecting a scaffold at the premises when the incident happened.

Self-employed Stone was contracting for specialist fabrication firm Dartmeet Services which was contracted to creamery owners Dairy Crest to replace the roof on the chemical store.

The building had fragile rooflights but Stone had not been made aware of this and no signs or markings were evident to indicate the danger.

The HSE investigation found Stone and his employees were not requested to sign in to gain access to the roof and no-one at the site checked his risk assessment for the work.

Stone landed on a concrete floor when he fell, suffering multiple injuries. He died in hospital seven days later.

Dairy Crest Ltd  of Esher, Surrey was fined £75,000 and ordered to pay £20,000 costs for safety breaches.

Main contractor Dartmeet Services of Newton Abbot was fined £30,000 with £10,000 costs.

HSE Inspector, Barry Trudgian, said: “This is yet another tragic fatality caused by working on a roof with fragile rooflights where the risks are well known.

“In this case, no-one involved took proper control to make Mr Stone aware of the issue.

“There should have been signs on the building indicating the presence of fragile rooflights and any work on the roof should have been subject to a thorough risk assessment and supervision.

“Simple, straightforward, commonsense procedures could have saved Mr Stone’s life.”

 

Latest news

First project approved in £1bn East London estate rebuild

Rainham estate rebuild will kick-start '12 estates' regeneration plan
8 hours ago

J Murphy & Sons restates depth of losses

Pre-tax losses revised from £5.8m to £12.9m
16 hours ago

Crossrail air quality checks give Bond Street site all clear

Contractors carry-out extensive tests after worker and union fears
55 mins ago

Queen’s Speech confirms buildings safety regulator role

Post-Grenfell safety laws promise biggest regulatory reform to construction for 40 years
18 hours ago

Construction output forecast downgraded over HS2 fears

Warehouse construction and renewable energy projects will be bright spots next year
18 hours ago

Javid signs off £350m for Midlands hospital restart

Contract to be signed within weeks with Balfour Beatty
2 days ago

Native Land commits to £1bn London Bankside scheme

McGee wins first office core and basement deal at 1.4m sq ft riverside development
4 days ago

Contest for £500m decarbonisation framework

Fusion 21 launches hunt for heating and renewable specialists
23 hours ago

Kier/Graham JV wins £17m Bassingbourn Barracks job

British Army's Mission Training and Mobilisation Centre is moving to Cambridgeshire
23 hours ago

New A14 bypass to open a year early

Balfour Beatty/Costain/Skanska to open key section of A14 in December
22 hours ago

Cleveland Bridge set to rebound to £50m revenue

Profit more than halved last year to £1.2m after project delays
23 hours ago

£250m funding for museums and cultural projects

York's National Railway Museum wins £18.6m for new gallery space
23 hours ago

Dust blunder during Bond Street air quality checks

Workers evacuated twice as alarm raised over silica dust levels at Crossrail station
4 days ago

Systra UK hires former Galliford Try Infrastructure boss

Nick Salt takes chief executive role at Systra UK
4 days ago

Main contracting lifts Reddington turnover to £539m

Profit rises to £31m despite £7m loss at McMullen Facades
4 days ago

Middlesbrough plans £250m trio of skyscrapers

Mayor unveils ambitious digital city plan for Boho district
4 days ago

Start signed off for £207m Edinburgh tram extension

Enabling work to start next month on extension to Newhaven
4 days ago

Willmott Dixon headlines another major heritage job

£27m revamp will return Stockton-on-Tees' Art Deco Globe Theatre to its former glory
4 days ago

Ardmore snaffles £460m Raffles hotel conversion

Record fixed-price deal to convert historic Whitehall building
6 days ago

Start date for £1.4bn London Gotham City offices

New investor buys stalled 40 Leadenhall Street Mace scheme
5 days ago

Pochin’s collapse hits subcontractors for £9m

Founding family directors Jim and Bob Nicholson injected £1.5m just before collapse
6 days ago

Keltbray rail piling to cut over 30 jobs

Scale-back blamed on lack of CP6 work and project delays
5 days ago

Southern Water re-signs Galliford Try for AMP7

Joint venture share of design and build frameworks worth £240m
5 days ago

U+I reveals green façade Greenwich resi towers plan

Morden Wharf aims to deliver around 1,500 new homes
5 days ago

Arcadis to pinpoint graphene uses in construction

Consultant commissioned to promote use of wonder material in construction
6 days ago

Mace tops September contracts league

Triple tower project win at Nine Elms in London heads major orders last month
6 days ago

Cartel busters launch latest demolition raid

Competition & Markets Authority steps-up probe into industry
6 days ago

Sisk bags £87m phase 2 of Peabody estate rebuild

Around 200 homes to be delivered in next phase of south London estate rebuild
6 days ago

Two directors lead MBO of M&E contractor DES

Sean Egan and Graham Hood buy north west electrical contractor
6 days ago

Wates cleared to start Liverpool cruise liner hotel

Work to start on cruise terminal hotel at Princes Dock early next year
7 days ago

Contractor services