Skelmersdale scaffolding firm sentenced over worker’s death

S&S Scaffolding Ltd has been fined following the death of employee Tony Causby on 14th December 2010.
 
Liverpool Crown Court heard that on 14th December 2010, Mr Causby was employed by S&S Scaffolding as a labourer and was helping to dismantle scaffolding when he stepped onto a fragile skylight which broke and he fell 13ft to the floor below. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Court was told that there were around 80 fragile skylights on one half of the roof, with each one measuring about one metre by two metres. However, S&S Scaffolding failed to arrange for covers to be put on the skylights nearest to where its employees were working to prevent them falling through.
 
S&S Scaffolding pleaded guilty to a breach of the Healthy and Safety at Work etc Act 1975 and was fined £75,000 and ordered to pay £31,517 in prosecution costs.
 
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http://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2013/rnn-nw-ss-scaffolding-ltd.htm