A building firm and its owner have been sentenced today (3 February 2015) at Preston Crown Court, following an incident in 2011 where a man died as a result of falling through a roof.
Peter Mawson Ltd, a building and joining firm, pleaded guilty in December to ‘corporate manslaughter’ and a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act by failing to ensure the safety of employees. The company was fined £200,000 for the corporate manslaughter offence, and £20,000 for the Health and Safety breach.
Peter Mawson, owner of the company, also pleaded guilty to a breach of the same act and was sentenced today to: eight months in prison, suspended for two years; 200 hours unpaid work; a publicity order to advertise what happened on the company website for a set period of time, and to take out a half page spread in the local newspaper; and pay costs of £31,504.77.
Chris Hatton, the investigating inspector at HSE, added:
“Jason tragically lost his life because the company that employed him did nothing to make sure he was safe while he worked on a fragile roof.”
“Peter Mawson knew the clear panels on the roof weren’t safe to walk on but neither he nor his company provided any equipment to prevent workers falling to their death. If scaffolding or netting had been fitted under the fragile panels, or covers had been fitted over them, then Jason would still be here today.”